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Governor Walker approves $6.5 million in harbor grants

June 2, 2014

Funds cover dredging, dock wall and sea wall construction projects

Governor Scott Walker today approved grants totaling $6.5 million for four harbor maintenance and improvements projects in Wisconsin. The Harbor Assistance Program (HAP) funds will be used to dredge waterways and build a sea wall in Two Rivers, reconstruct dock walls in Superior, and build a new dock wall in Sturgeon Bay. Improvements will help the commercial fishing and shipbuilding industries in Wisconsin and assist economic development in the communities where they're located.

  • City of Two Rivers (Manitowoc County)
    • $878,868 for dredging the Two Rivers Harbor entrance to serve commercial fisheries.
    • $400,000 for the reconstruction of a seawall in Two Rivers Harbor that will allow commercial fishermen to more easily navigate the harbor, serve as a mooring site and provide a safe refuge.
  • City of Superior (Douglas County) / Fraser Shipyard – $2,912,110 for the final phase of a three-phase site improvement project that extends the existing sheet pile dock wall to maintain a safe berth and lengthen shipyard life.
  • Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay (Door County) – $2,309,022 for construction of a new dock wall to allow for the docking of large vessels for maintenance and construction.

Created in 1979, Wisconsin’s Harbor Assistance Program helps harbor communities maintain and improve waterborne commerce. Since the program began, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has administered over $114 million in matching funds for more than 89 port preservation and improvement projects along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.

For more information about Wisconsin’s Harbor Assistance program or to review past grant awards, visit the project page.

For more information, contact:
Sheri Walz, WisDOT Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads and Harbors
(608) 267-9319,



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