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Monument Seawall Construction Update

The contractor, ES Wagner, is making great progress on the Seawall Restoration project.
• The 80-foot extension along the southwest was completed this spring allowing for the opening of the Put-in-Bay Village swim beach on Memorial Day weekend. The National Park Service deeply appreciates the Village allowing the use of this area to complete the necessary work and we are delighted the public is once again enjoying the swim beach.
• The entire length of the south seawall has been restored and the height increased by 18 inches to prevent wave overtopping. The walkway has been restored and raised to match the prior profile maintaining the perfect bench height.
• Two new seating nodes have been incorporated into the walkway that will have benches and trash receptacles. These will be wonderful spaces to take in the view of Lake Erie, rest and reflect.
• New lighting has been added to the seawall that will illuminate the walkway at night.
• The new drainage system is nearly complete which will give us the ability to quickly drain the area in future storm events.
• Site work along the south will be complete very soon and the entire south side open once again for everyone to enjoy.
• This section of seawall was completed in 2022 with the height increased by 12 inches and the addition of lighting in the seawall to illuminate the new walkway.
• The new drainage system for this area will be completed by the end of 2023.
• Site work, including a new seating node with benches and trash receptacles, and new landscaping will be complete by the end of 2023.
• Work continues in this area and will be completed soon with the seawall height increased by 24 inches and the addition of lighting in the seawall to illuminate the new walkway.
North Center:
• This is by far the most complex part of the project as the entire section will be new construction. The height of this section will be 12 inches taller on the northwest and will gradually increase to match the 24-inch increase on the northeast.
• ES Wagner continues working to dewater the area using an AquaDam instead of a traditional sheet pile cofferdam. A turbidity curtain is also in place to prevent any construction related debris from flowing into Lake Erie.
• When the new sections of seawall are in place a new walkway will be added to the entire length of the north seawall. This will include a new interpretive plaza directly across Bayview Avenue from the Memorial with full length depictions of the decks of the US Brig Lawrence and HMS Detroit etched into the walkway. Wayside panels will be added describing both vessels. Lights will be embedded into the new seawall illuminating the walkway at night.
Bayview Avenue will be realigned to its original footprint and all work is expected to be complete by the end of calendar year 2023.
For your safety, the safety of the workforce, and protection of the ongoing work please do not enter work zones. The National Park Service reminds everyone that construction areas are closed to the public.

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