Rehabilitation of the Port Elgin breakwater has begun in a project led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Equipment and supplies have arrived at the Port Elgin Main Beach parking area from the bandshell south towards the Beach House, which will serve as a staging area during construction.
This project is another significant step in the ongoing effort to revitalize the Port Elgin waterfront. The scope of the work involves encapsulating the existing timber crib wharves with new steel sheet piling. Other associated work includes the installation of tieback anchors and anchor walls, removal and reinstatement of armour stone, and the installation of new concrete walkways along the refurbished breakwater.
The project manager for the Hamilton based construction company says that it is a major job. A stone ‘roadway’ is already underway that will enable the heavy equipment to access the breakwall.
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“The breakwater rehabilitation will give our beach and harbour more robust protection against wave action,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “And will also create a safer, more enjoyable experience for those visiting this area.”
Mayor Charbonneau added: “We are delighted for this partnership with DFO and look forward to seeing the results in the spring.”
As activities progress, access to the promenade is closed.