Sediment testing of two Duluth Port docks to begin this fall

By KBJR News 1

September 24, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - While officials have over a year to finalize the $16 M renovation project along two Duluth Seaway Port docks, some work needs to start immediately in an effort to avoid falling behind deadlines.

The project, which has received $10 M in funding from the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, includes strengthening and securing the port's docks C and D.

According to Jim Sharrow, of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, about a quarter of the project is finalized with the rest still in preliminary stages.

However, Sharrow says sediment testing along the docks needs to take place as soon as possible in an effort to comply with the lengthy federal environmental approval process before work can begin.

"We're moving ahead very quickly to collect the rest of that data, and put that into a plan to then get submitted to the federal government for their environmental approval, which may take a number of months," said Sharrow.

Sediment testing is expected to begin sometime this fall.

Sharrow says they hope to be in the bidding process for the pending renovations this spring.