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Army Corps shocker: Breakwater to be fixed PDF Print E-mail
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:03

Agency that has given Port little reason for optimism now says it will make structure sound, safe for pedestrians

    Port Washington officials on Tuesday were shocked to learn that the Army Corps of Engineers will spend almost $1 million on basic repairs to stabilize and cap the north breakwater this summer.

    “This is phenomenal news,” Ald. Dan Becker said. “It’s a 180 from where we were. It’s a great first step for us.”

    Mayor Tom Mlada said the planned repairs fall short of the complete reconstruction of the breakwater that’s needed, but they are a huge step forward for the city.

    “The news is exciting because it’s immediate,” he said. “It (the breakwater) will be stable, and it’ll be safe. It will be a safer pedestrian walkway, a safer place for recreational fishing. It will mean better access to the lighthouse.

    “But this is not all the work it needs. We’ve got to keep our eye on the ball for the long-term solution.”

    The news that the Army Corps, which has been telling the city for months that it had no money to repair the crumbling breakwater, found $950,000 in uncommitted funding for 2014 to spend on the Port Washington project was announced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri.

 
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