Detroit River dredging contract awarded

Published June 28, 2017

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, awards a contract for maintenance dredging of the Detroit River.

The contract for more than $738,000 was awarded to Luedtke Engineering Company, of Frankfort, Mich.

"This important dredging project will help maintain a key Great Lakes navigational channel to keep cargo moving – products like iron ore, limestone, coal and cement that are vital to the regional economy," said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, district engineer. "Waterborne transportation of commodities is economical and environmentally friendly, and it plays a vital role in helping the region’s business and industry."

Luedtke will dredge approximately 80,000 cubic yards of sand, silt and organic material from the channel. The material will be deposited at the Pointe Mouillee confined disposal facility in Western Lake Erie in Michigan. The work is expected to begin in July and wrap up in August.

The contract was awarded under the Corps’ Multiple Award Task Order Contract, MATOC, which the Detroit District established with 11 companies capable of dredging in the Great Lakes. The MATOC is designed to provide greater flexibility and expedite the bid solicitation-award process for dredging in Great Lakes commercial shipping channels and harbors.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system of 91 harbors and four connecting channels, including the channels joining lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie. For more details, contact Lynn Rose, public affairs officer, (313)-226-4680, or Ashley Binion-Zuccaro, project manager, (313) 226-2657.

To see the latest condition surveys of the area to be dredged, visit Under the "Missions" tab, click on "Operations," then "Project Overview Information," "Project Sheets," and "Detroit River, MI." Under "PDF Surveys," Sheets 3 through 9 represent the areas to be dredged.


Lynn Rose
313-300-0662 (cell)

Release no. 17-016