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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Port Elgin Breakwater Project to be Complete by Summer

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

Seawaves Developments will reconstruct the breakwater and the additional concrete decking

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With work on the Port Elgin Breakwater underway the Town of Saugeen Shores will be utilizing Seawaves Developments for both the reconstruction of the breakwater project and the additional concrete decking to be used for pedestrian use.

Director of Community Services for the Town of Saugeen Shores, Jayne Jagelewski says Seawaves Development was hired to complete the reconstruction by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

"It makes economic sense to continue the project with them while they have their equipment and staff deployed on-site."  

The additional walking apparatus will be managed through the Municipality and will costs $377,000, plus an additional $8,000 for engineering costs.

In the report she said the existing south break water measures 8.5’ wide, the enhancements to the structure will expand the walk-able space to approximately 19’ wide with much less slope.

She anticipates the project will be complete by Summer 2020.

"The project is going to take a number of months.... residents can be assured that they will continue to see working happening until the spring."

The massive rehabilitation project  began in November on the South Breakwater and South Breakwater Extension.

Jagelewski says the project is in the demolition phases and in a number of weeks Seawaves Developments will start sheet piling around the project.

In July 2019, Council approved pre-budget approval in the amount no greater than $700,000 (if needed), to complete the South Breakwater with a walking platform.

The parking area at the main beach to the west of Green Street will be utilized as a staging area for the duration of the construction phase and the required footprint will be re-evaluated as the project progresses.

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