Damage to Fort Erie breakwall getting $1.2 million in repairs


Published May 1, 2023 at 4:04 pm

With the Peace Bridge in the background, this section of the Fort Erie breakwall looks fine but this is an older picture. Niagara Parks is sinking $1.2 million into repairing broken section of the wall after last winter's icestorm.

The Fort Erie breakwall has taken a beating in the past few winters, so much so that Niagara Parks, which owns the lands, is sinking $1.2 million into both the wall and the town’s Niagara River Recreation Trail.

Residents will remember houses on the lake that looked like a scene out of Frozen, completely iced up on the lake’s side after the Christmas storm of 2022.

Niagara Parks officials says the intensity of extreme winter weather events over the past seven years has resulted in significant damages to the breakwall and trail infrastructure along the South Niagara Parkway, requiring ongoing repair work.

Niagara Parks will spent $600,000 on repairs in 2023 and another $600,000 in 2024.

As well, they have hired a engineering consultant to offer up solutions over making the breakwall far more resilient to winter damage.

Additional construction projects in the south end of Niagara Parks include the resurfacing of Service Road 6 and 7, including new granular for the shoulders.

There will also be three culverts replaced on Service Road 7, as well as an additional culvert replacement along the Niagara Parkway near Service Road 18.

Above: a section of the breakwall that’s completely missing. Below, ice is constantly being pushed over the breakwalls during the winter.

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