Corps of Engineers awards construction contract to Michigan firm for work at Milwaukee disposal facility

Published June 1, 2011
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, awarded a contract for construction of a Dredged Material Disposal Facility, DMDF, at the Port of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin. The DMDF is being constructed at the site of an existing disposal facility that was filled to capacity.

Jackson-Merkey Contractors of Muskegon, Mich., was awarded a $1.4 million contract to build a 4,600-foot perimeter berm around the DMDF using material stockpiled at the existing disposal facility. The contractor will also construct a vehicle haul road atop the 15-foot-wide berm, with room for truck turnarounds. A geotextile fabric and rip-rap will be placed along the lake side of the berm to strengthen it and protect against erosion.

“Construction of this new facility will give Milwaukee Harbor another 20 years of storage capacity for dredged materials,” said Lt. Col. Mike Derosier, district engineer. “This ensures that the Corps can fulfill its obligation to keep the harbor’s navigational channels dredged to authorized depth, facilitating the uninterrupted transport of bulk commodities that support many local jobs.”

Completion is expected by Sept. 1.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system that includes 94 harbors and the Great Lakes Connecting Channels that join lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.

For more details, please contact Lynn Duerod, public affairs officer, 313-226-4680, or David Bowman, project manager, 313-226-2223.

Lynn Duerod

Release no. 060111-01