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Niagara Parks Set to Begin Construction to Repair Fort Erie Breakwall

October 1, 2019

Niagara Parks

  • Approximately 180 metres of breakwall damaged from winter ice wall
  • Following an open tender, the contractor responsible for the work is Rankin Construction

Fort Erie, ON – Niagara Parks will be undertaking a construction project to repair a damaged section of the breakwall in Fort Erie, beginning in mid-October.

Over the spring and summer months, Niagara Parks staff completed minor repairs to the breakwall and assessed reconstruction options. It was determined that a public procurement process would be required to secure a contractor for the remaining reconstruction, which will be undertaken by Rankin Construction.

The damages to the breakwall were sustained this past winter when high winds forced large ice formations from Lake Erie over the parapet 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.

There will be no road closures required for this project as all construction will take place off the road and pathways. Traffic controls will be in place to allow vehicles to access the work site. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of November.

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.