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E-M:/ Harbor Construction Begins in Mackinaw City

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

Contacts: Paul Petersen 517-335-3033, Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
Harbor Construction Begins in Mackinaw City

Construction begins this spring on the first phase of a $9.5 million new state harbor of refuge in Mackinaw City with the installation of two breakwaters.

Durocher Marine of Cheboygan, a division of Kokosing Construction Company, was awarded a $1,473,600 contract to install 73,800 tons of stone to create 850 linear feet of breakwater and two navigation lights that will form a calm water area. Future phases of the project will develop harbor buildings and floating piers.

The new Mackinaw State Harbor will add up to 125 transient slips and creatively redevelop the state's former car ferry dock within the city. DNR Parks and Recreation's waterways planning staff and the State Waterways Commission are reviewing surrounding existing harbors to create a slip configuration that will accommodate boaters' greatest needs.

"This is a fantastic project that will have a very positive financial impact for the local community," Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson said. "We're very excited to begin work this spring."

The breakwater construction is expected to be completed by January 2006. The finished harbor will serve as harbor of refuge for boaters to find a calm spot to moor during inclement weather. A completion date for additional phases of the project has not been determined.

Michigan leads the nation with more one million registered watercrafts. Boaters enjoy more than 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams and 3,000 miles of freshwater shoreline - more than any other state. The State Waterways Commission and the DNR, often in partnerships with local communities, have developed a string of protective harbors for the convenience of Great Lakes boaters.

This project is funded by the State Waterways Fund, created by boaters' registration fees and marine fuel sales tax.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


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