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State distributing more than $7M to harbor projects

Nearly $7.2 million worth of grants will be going to five harbor projects throughout Wisconsin, state officials announced on Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced that $7,161,500 from the state’s Harbor Assistance Program would be going to projects in Marinette, Ashland, Milwaukee and Brown counties. Specifically, the money will be going to:

  • Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette County, which will get $5 million to dredge up 20,000 cubic yards of soft sediment and 10,000 cubic yards of hard sediment to make room for building new navy vessels. This work is to be part of a three-year $100 million shipyard project.
  • The town of La Pointe in Ashland County, which will get nearly $1.35 million to widen a dock and build a new vessel landing. This dock will provide a gateway to Madeline Island, as well as a launching point from the island to other Apostle Islands and to other nearby places.
  • Port Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, which will get $240,000 to re-level a port terminal building and repair its floor, which is cracked.
  • St. Marys Cement in Brown County, which will get $103,100 to replace a failed bollard. St. Marys delivers 52,000 tons of cement annually to Green Bay.
  • WE Energies in Milwaukee County, which will get $472,000 for final engineering for the expansion of a confined-disposal /dredged-material-disposal plant.

WisDOT’s Harbor Assistance Program was set up in 1979 to help maintain and improve commerce along waterways. So far, WisDOT has distributed nearly $140 million worth of matching funds for 109 port preservation and improvement projects along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.

About Dan Shaw, dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com

Dan Shaw is the associate editor at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com or at 414-225-1807.

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