Rebuilding Cleveland’s Outer Breakwall

Inside the project

In October of 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage to the Outer Breakwall in Cleveland Ohio. The repair required multiple layers of breakwall stone to shore up the lakeward side. The outer layer included 5 – 11 Ton Armor Stone. All the stone materials were purchased from Area Aggregates, an Affiliate of Olen Corporation. The stone was produced at the Woodville Quarry. From there it was shipped to a dock, loaded on barges, and towed to the Cleveland Harbor on deck barges. Our crew placed all the stone with an 895 Liehberr Crane.

Why it matters

Rebuilding the Outer Breakwall in Cleveland Harbor will reduce wave action inside the harbor. Reducing wave action makes the Port of Cleveland safer for vessels entering the harbor and protects moored ships from storm damage. Overall it makes the Port of Cleveland a more attractive option for shipping business in the Great Lakes.

Improved Beach Access to Lake Michigan

Inside the Project

Rosewood Park was gifted to the City of Highland Park by the Julius Rosenwald family who was one of the founders of Sears and Roebuck.  The City of Highland Park funded the Corps of Engineers to reconstruct the park’s shoreline for recreational use.  The reconstruction also involved extensive plantings and removal of invasive species.  The shoreline was enhanced with three, offshore breakwalls, and two groins structures.  These structures were constructed of stone products ranging from 10-pound Core Stone to 5-Ton Armor Stone.  Manufactured near Manitowoc, WI by Valders Stone, the stone materials were trucked to the dock in Manitowoc, loaded on barges and towed to the project site, which was very shallow.  The delivery barges were lightened to a shallower draft, which allowed them access to the point of placement.  The neighborhood adjacent to the park required strict adherence to noise and working hour regulations.

Why it Matters

Recreational access along Lake Michigan is very limited.  Managing and maintaining these parks is a great benefit to the local communities.