Corps of Engineers begins structure maintenance in Charlevoix

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District
Published July 12, 2023
Aging timber fenders along the Charlevoix Navigation Channel revetments in Charlevoix, Michigan, May 28, 2023. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District will be replacing the timbers in June as part of the 2023 work plan.

Aging timber fenders along the Charlevoix Navigation Channel revetments in Charlevoix, Michigan, May 28, 2023. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District will be replacing the timbers in June as part of the 2023 work plan. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Brandon Hubbard)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District will begin planned maintenance work in the navigation channel in Charlevoix, Michigan this month to replace deteriorating timber fenders along the channel revetments.

The repairs are funded through a Fiscal Year 2023 Work Plan budget package of $530,000 and will be used to replace 1,100 feet of timber fenders along the north and south channel revetment walls. The timber fenders protect the structures from vessel impact. The existing weathered timber fenders along the revetments are beyond their design life and require replacement.

“The Work Plan funding at Charlevoix Harbor is allowing the Corps of Engineers to execute structure maintenance to keep the project safe for users,” said Cindy Jarema, Chief of Operations and Maintenance Branch for the Detroit District.

Equipment is expected to begin mobilizing this week, with work concluding at the end of the month. Divers may be used for several work tasks and inspections during the project. Maintenance work will also include removal of a fallen pile cluster in the waterway and filling in a sinkhole along the south revetment.

Ferry services to Beaver Island and recreational boat traffic in the channel are not expected to be interrupted during the work.

A Notice to Navigation Interests with expected dates and times of work will be published at https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/Operations/.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system of 81 harbors and channels joining lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie. 

The Detroit District provides vital public engineering services in peace and war to secure our Nation, protect the environment, energize our economy and reduce risks from natural disasters.

For more details, contact Detroit District Public Affairs Specialist Brandon Hubbard, (313) 500-3251.


Contact
Brandon Hubbard
(313) 500-3251
brandon.c.hubbard@usace.army.mil
477 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226

Release no. 23-017