Cedarville Bay Dredging Nearly Complete
The Cedarville Bay portion of the $2.4 million Les Cheneaux waterways channel dredging project is expected to be finished this week, said David Malcolm of Malcolm Marine, enabling his company to move on to the Snows Channel portion next week. This puts his dredging outfit in position to finish the project by Thanksgiving, he said. Work began July 19.
The goal of the project is to dredge a 100-foot-wide and eightfoot deep navigation channel from Government Bay into Cedarville Bay and around to Urie Bay. The channel then continues down Snows Channel into Mackinac Bay, turning west between St. Ledger and Marquette islands, and then northwest into Hessel Bay.
Conditions have been agreeable so far, Mr. Malcolm said.
“It's going pretty good,” he said. “October's been great so far. There's not much wind and the heavy rains didn't really affect us that much. We just have to slow down the trucks during the rain.”
The only adjustment to the plan thus far was that a new cell had to be built at the Taylor Pit to hold all of the dredge material.
“We started to run out of room at the pit,” Mr. Malcolm said. “The dredge material probably goes 15 to 20 feet deep in spots. We put up berms around a new area to hold it all.”
Upon completion of the Cedarville Bay portion, it will take a day or two to survey the work and make any needed adjustments before the project resumes.