For Immediate Release:
Sept. 7, 2012
Contact: Marty Fittante
Last load of rock to be hauled into Grand Marais for breakwall
LANSING, Mich.— The breakwall being built in the Grand Marais harbor is nearing completion with the last load of armor stone set to be delivered on Saturday, Sept. 8.
“For more than 50 years, the community of Grand Marais worked to obtain funding and approval to build the much needed breakwall to save their harbor of refuge on Lake Superior,” said Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba. “To see the breakwall out in the harbor now is a testament of the strong determination, resilience, and hard work that is engrained in residents of the Upper Peninsula.”
Last year, the state of Michigan contributed $5 million to the project. Those funds along with revenues collected from local residents, volunteers and supporters and federal dollars ensured that the breakwall could finally be constructed. Work began on the wall this spring and is slated to be finished this fall.
More than 1,000 semi-truck loads of rocks and armor stones weighing around 7-9 tons each were hauled into Grand Marais throughout the construction process.
Burt Township Supervisor Jack Hubbard, driving a fire truck, will lead the last load of the breakwall’s armor stones into town Saturday.
Joining Hubbard in the festivities will be State Sen. Tom Casperson, a former log hauler, who will drive the truck containing the last of the armor stones into town and to the harbor.
Residents of the area are encouraged to visit Grand Marais on Saturday and celebrate the monumental project.
The festivities will take place around the Main Street area in Grand Marais around 2 p.m. Saturday. Local residents are encouraged to join in the fun.
For more information or to contact Casperson, please visit www.senatortomcasperson.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2038.