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Project planned to prevent water splashing over Route 5 in Hamburg

When heavy winds whip up Lake Erie, waves often crash over Route 5 across from St. Francis High School in the Town of Hamburg, sometimes bringing driftwood and debris with it. And depending on the  temperature, the water freezes on the road, forcing that section of the road to close.

But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to install stone along the shore in that area.

"Hopefully we're looking to avoid that situation and make it better for the future," said project manager Maj. Kelly Polashenski.

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The Corps of Engineers plans to award a contract this year for the construction of a stone barrier, or revetment, that will be anchored into the bedrock. A 15-foot wide “splash apron” will top the 1,300-foot long revetment between Hoak’s Restaurant and the lot where Foits Restaurant once stood.

Waves will hit the revetment, which will absorb the energy from them. A concrete apron, where railings, benches, decorative lighting planters and landscaping are planned, also will protect the road.

 Polashenski said the corps plans to award the contract before the end of the fiscal year that ends in September.

"It's still on track," she said, but she added the contractor probably will not start the work until 2018.


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