Dr. Benishek Praises Progress In Improving Grand Marais Harbor

Jul 20, 2012 Issues: Economy and Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today praised the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the bidding process for the Grand Marais Harbor federal pier maintenance project in Grand Marais.   

“Having lived in Upper Michigan all my life, I know that boating and harbors play a critical role in Northern Michigan’s economy.  The renewed effort of the federal pier project is encouraging news for boating on Lake Superior and for the Grand Marais community.  I’m pleased to have been part of the process and I am hoping this project will move forward quickly,” said Benishek, a doctor from Iron River and lifelong resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.   

The Grand Marais project is an attempt to repair the federal pier at the site and restore the harbor’s “harbor of refuge” status.  Once completed, the harbor will be able to protect boats from fast moving storms on Lake Superior as well as increase the recreational potential of the Grand Marais community.   According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project has now been approved and the solicitation for construction bids was released on July 17.  These bids are scheduled to be opened July 26, with an award date of August 10 and a deadline for construction to begin by August 20. 

“Like many in Northern Michigan, I have been frustrated by the bureaucratic slowdowns that have stalled this project for a long time.  For the past year, my office has advocated for the timely construction of this project and we are very pleased to see the bid process beginning.  My goal is to continue to remain as helpful as possible as the pier construction project begins to progress,” added Benishek. 

The federal pier project is separate from Burt Township’s breakwater replacement project.  The Township’s project is funded by the State of Michigan and construction is currently underway. 

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