Pier Project Complete in Little Sodus Harbor, New YorkPublished on August 15, 2023
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District recently completed improvements to the Little Sodus Harbor West Pier Project. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on June 1, where Lt. Col. Lyle Milliman, Commander Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District, Jim Basile, mayor of Fair Haven, New York, and Cody Donahue, representing contractor Crane-Hogan, were all in attendance. The ceremony also honored local photographer Kyle Meddaugh, who photographed the pier’s damage following the 2019 winter storms. According to a press release by the USACE, final funding for the project came through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“The Corps’ Civil Works mission provides a key foundational component to the nation’s public infrastructure that enables economic growth, improves quality of life, ensures environmental health, and strengthens national security for the American people,” said Lt. Col. Milliman. “Today, more than ever, is a critical time for investments in our nation’s infrastructure like the Little Sodus Harbor West Pier.” The need for repairs following the 2019 winter has been echoed by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
According to USACE, total revenue for accommodations, restaurants, retail, boat repair, and others in the harbor are estimated at $10.9 million. The harbor reportedly accommodates 16 charter boats making about 900 trips per year. The recent repairs will help to ensure safe passage between Little Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario for years to come.