May 29, 2024

Shore project awarded to Machias firm

WHITING – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, recently awarded Hanscom Construction Inc. of Machias a $430,000 contract to complete the Holmes Bay Streambank Protection Project.

The shoreline protection project is scheduled to begin next month and will take about four months to complete, the Corps said in a press release.

The Corps, in cooperation with the Maine Department of Transportation, is extending an existing stream bank-shoreline project to prevent erosion along the Cutler Road.

“The project involves the placement of a stone slope revetment along 500 feet of Holmes Bay, which will tie in with an existing stone revetment,” Project Manager Robert Russo of the Corps’ New England Office said in the releases. “The new stone revetment plan consists of clearing and grubbing vegetation on the existing slope prior to the placement of a non-woven geotextile fabric, a 1-foot layer of granular fill and 2 feet of some armor protection placed on top.”

On the upper slope, 8 inches of topsoil will be placed and the area will be seeded and planted with regional coastal plantings. The project would be approximately 500 feet long and 20 feet high.

Construction will be undertaken from land during the dry portion of the tidal cycle. This project would extend the existing Section 14 Local Protection Project by about 500 linear feet.

All work will be done under the supervision of the Corps’ quality assurance representative to assure compliance with contract requirements.

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