GRAND HAVEN, MICH. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district office in Detroit announced this week that it has received an additional $16.5 million from Congress for dredging and infrastructure repairs in the Great Lakes region, including an allocation for the Grand Haven harbor.

“I am glad to see the Army Corps continue to recognize the economic importance of harbor dredging in West Michigan,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland. “Properly maintaining water infrastructure, such as the iconic Grand Haven pier and Grand Haven harbor, is critical to both safety and economic development in the Tri-Cities area.”

Funding allocated to Grand Haven’s harbor includes $500,000 for routine operation and maintenance for navigation, including project condition surveys and maintenance dredging of the outer and inner harbor.

Other spending for repair, replacement or construction projects in Michigan includes $6.2 million for the Portage Lake Harbor, and $3.7 million for the St. Marys River and Soo Locks. Other locations for dredging projects in Michigan include Inland Route at a cost of $615,000, Little Lake Harbor for $540,000 and Leland Harbor for $500,000.