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Additional funding from Congress benefits Twin Ports

Superior Telegram

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District announced additions to its 2014 program based on the recently approved Work Plan.

The additional $17.8 million in 2014 funds breakwater repairs, harbor dredging and completes various projects throughout the Great Lakes.

“We recognize that in this time of economic recovery we are responsible for ensuring the maximum efficient use of the dollars provided for our projects and programs,” said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. “We will continue to deliver great dividends to the region and to the nation. This 2014 work plan will allow us to fund our highest-priority projects and will assist the Corps in improving the nation’s infrastructure and revitalizing the economy.”

The work plan came about when Congress appropriated additional funding for ongoing work in the fiscal year 2014 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act as contained in the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The Corps developed an allocation plan, which included $46.5 million in additional funds for the entire Great Lakes, for high priority work packages based on the criteria established by Congress.

The Detroit District’s work plan increase of $17.8 million includes seven new dredging projects, adds funding for four dredging projects and six repair, replacement, or construction projects.

The Port of Duluth and Superior benefits from an additional $390,000 in funding in 2014 for already budgeted dredging projects, and an additional $5.5 million will fund repairs at the St. Marys River, Soo Locks.