Elyria, OH (PRWEB) December 17, 2013
KS Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, has completed engineering and construction-related services for an important dredging project for the Vermilion Port Authority. The project involved the removal of approximately 45,000 cubic yards of sand and sediment in the Vermilion Outer Harbor and in the Vermilion River up to the State Route 6 Bridge. Now complete, the project will help to maintain adequate water levels for safe and efficient boating operations. Dredging operations of this federal navigation channel commenced in October 2013 and were complete one month later in November 2013.
KS Associates’ role on the project was to perform soundings, or lake-bottom and water-level measurements, before and after dredging to calculate and confirm dredge quantities; perform GPS hydrographic surveying; prepare bid documents; and perform construction inspection services. The dredging contract was awarded to Geo. Gradel Co., a Toldeo-based contractor.
The project was funded through a $506,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the first-ever grant of its kind allotted for a Lake Erie dredging project. According to Eileen Bulan, Mayor of the City of Vermilion, “Typically, dredging of federal channels is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; however, federal budget cuts prohibited the project from moving forward. The City of Vermilion worked closely with the Vermilion Port Authority and ODNR to identify, apply for and secure a grant from the state, allowing the project to move forward.”
Mayor Bulan added, “Vermilion is known as the crowning jewel of the South Shore of Lake Erie and is a thriving lakeside community. Maintenance of the Vermilion Outer Harbor and the Vermilion River helps the City remain an attractive destination for commercial and recreational boaters, which are important economic drivers.”
About KS Associates:
KS Associates is a civil engineering and land surveying firm founded in 1987. The firm provides planning, design, bidding and construction phase services related to public infrastructure projects in the areas of transportation, potable water, waste water and storm water; site development engineering services for institutional, commercial and residential uses; coastal engineering services; land surveying and mapping services; and 3D laser scanning services. KS Associates is a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). For more information visit: http://www.ksassociates.com.