Projects Water Resources

Port of Monroe New Marine Terminal

Monroe, Michigan

The Port of Monroe is located in the City of Monroe on Lake Erie’s western edge. It provides direct access to all of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway and it serves 17 states. The Marine Terminal Project is a unique project that will transform Michigan’s gateway port to Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The new Terminal would be one of the premier cargo handling facilities on the Great Lakes.

The New Marine Terminal

This transportation infrastructure improvement project provided a new wharf to handle larger, deeper draft ships. It also addressed polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination concerns within the River Raisin. The completion of the dredging and wharf construction activities were made possible with the assistance of

  • Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • a $3,000,000 investment loan made by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) through the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF)
  • a $602,550 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

The MSF loan funded the excavation of the contaminated sediments and the new wharf’s design and construction. The MDEQ grant funded the transport and disposal of the contaminated dredged material.

Nearly 30,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment was dredged from the river’s bottom to deepen and widen the shipping channel. It was then transported via barge to the USACE confined disposal facility at Pointe Mouillee. The dredging provided 3 feet of additional depth, increasing shipping capacity and improving overall shipping efficiency.

The additional depth and new wharf have enabled the Port to increase cargo volume, diversify cargo material (container and bulk), increase economic activity, and create jobs. The improvements will promote and expand cargo opportunities at the Port and better serve existing Port tenants that are shipping and receiving cargo. The Port selected DLZ to provide a survey, civil engineering design, construction contract administration, and construction oversight services for the Marine Terminal Project, the largest capital improvement project at the Port in almost 30 years.

Responsibilities of DLZ

DLZ’s responsibilities also included: preparation and submittal of a joint MDEQ/USACE permit application for dredging the channel and construction of the wharf; coordination with the permitting and funding agencies as necessary; and coordination, communication, and project status reporting to the City of Monroe Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Monroe Port Commission. Additionally, DLZ coordinated closely with another Port consultant, AKT Peerless Environmental Services, responsible for preparation of the Brownfield Plan and the Act 381 (Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act) Work Plan, and grant and loan compliance and reporting to MDEQ and MEDC.