Michigan firm wins $1.9 million contract to dredge upper and lower Saginaw River

Published July 1, 2011
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, awarded a $1.9 million contract to dredge the upper and lower Saginaw River in eastern lower Michigan.

Morrish-Wallace Construction, Inc., Cheboygan, Mich., doing business as Ryba Marine Construction Co., will begin the work in July, with a projected completion in spring 2012.

“Dredging the Saginaw River keeps navigational channels open, enabling the transport of coal, salt, fertilizer and other commodities important to the economy and jobs in the Saginaw-Bay City-Midland region,” said Lt. Col. Mike Derosier, district engineer.

The first portion of the job involves dredging 61,000 cubic yards of sediment from the upper Saginaw River near Zilwaukee, Mich. The dredged materials will be placed in the Upper Saginaw Dredged Material Disposal Facility, which straddles Zilwaukee and Frankenlust townships in Saginaw County. Beginning in mid-August, the contractor will dredge 67,000 cubic yards of sediment in the lower Saginaw River near Essexville, Mich. The dredged materials will be placed in the Saginaw Bay Confined Disposal Facility, located about two miles from the mouth of the river.

The job was contracted through a MATOC (Multiple Award Task Order Contract). MATOC is a task-order type contract, which allows the Corps to compete required work among the selected contractors throughout the duration of the contract, while minimizing the delays of conducting a separate procurement for each requirement. One of the goals of such a contract is to shorten the traditional 45- to 60-day advertise-bid-review-award process to a five- to 10-day process.

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.

Points of contact for this project are Lynn Duerod, public affairs officer, 313-226-4680, and Mollie Mahoney, project manager, 313-226-2033.

Lynn Duerod

Release no. 070111-01