CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal agency that maintains shipping channels along Lake Erie has awarded a $3.7 million contract to a Michigan-based firm to dredge Cleveland’s harbor and the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) River channel.
Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/2ddTSis ) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday the marine construction company will dispose of the dredged sediment in a containment facility on the shoreline.
Work is expected to begin by Nov. 1 and be finished by Dec. 15.
The federal agency says it will pay an additional cost of about $2.1 million to store the sediment on land under an agreement with state environmental regulators.
The state has agreed to pay the Corps back if it fails to prevail in a pending federal lawsuit.
Cargo ships have been forced to lighten loads due to accumulated sediment.
Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com