Niagara Parks Issues Construction Update on Fort Erie Breakwall Repairs

December 11, 2019

Niagara Parks

  • Approximately 180 metres of breakwall currently being repaired

Fort Erie, ON – Due to a number of recent extreme weather events, the construction project to repair a damaged section of the breakwall in Fort Erie, undertaken by contractor Rankin Construction, has been delayed and is now expected to be completed by the end of December 2019 (weather permitting).

Damages to the breakwall were sustained earlier this year when high winds forced large ice formations from Lake Erie over the shoreline wall and onto the sidewalk, creating an incredible ice wall phenomenon. The ice wall drew many visitors to the area and generated international media attention. Though visually stunning, the ice wall caused considerable damage to the breakwall on both sides of the Niagara River.

The construction project to repair the damages, which began in mid-October, has encountered challenging weather conditions, including the wind storm on October 31, that also caused the iron scow to shift for the first time in 101 years. The extreme weather also caused damages to additional sections of the breakwall. The current project was originally expected to be completed by the end of November and is now expected to wrap up by the end of December (weather permitting). Tendering for repairs to the additional sections will occur in the new year.

There are no road closures required for this project as all construction will take place off the road and pathways. Traffic controls are in place to allow vehicles to access the work site.

Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.