The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, awards a $517,000 contract to King Co., Holland, Mich., to dredge the Muskegon and Holland harbors in western Michigan this spring.
Critical shoals will be dredged from both harbors and the material will be placed on nearby beaches for nourishment. The Muskegon Harbor work amounts to $270,000 and involves dredging of 50,000 cubic yards of material. Dredging is scheduled to begin in early April and take about three weeks. The Holland Harbor portion – $247,000 – involves dredging of 40,000 cubic yards of material, with work beginning in early May and expected to take up to four weeks.
“These dredging projects will keep navigational channels open for commercial shipping in Muskegon and Holland harbors, which helps the local economies,” said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, district engineer. “The Detroit District is pleased to do its part to keep important marine commerce moving – commodities such as coal, sand, gravel and limestone that are shipped into these harbors help support local jobs.”
The contract was awarded under the Corps’ Multiple Award Task Order Contract, MATOC, which the Detroit District established with 10 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.
For more details, contact Lynn Rose, public affairs officer, 313-226-4680, or Mollie Mahoney, project manager, 313-226-2033.
Release no. 030613-01