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Portion of Black River Canal to be closed during dredging work starting Wednesday

Posted on July 20, 2022

A portion of the Black River Canal will be closed starting Wednesday to boat traffic while contractors hired by the city dredge the waterway.

Port Huron Engineering Manager Angela McKinstry said the dredging operation will  take about two days.

The Black River Canal from the Tainter Gate to Lake Huron will be closed to recreational boating traffic, according to a city press release.

The sand dredged from the canal will be spread at Lakeside Beach. McKinstry said transporting and spreading the sand might take an additional day and a half.

The contractor doing the work will use Gratiot and Holland avenues to transport sand and may cause traffic slowdowns or stoppages in the area, the city said.

The city urged the public to avoid the south end of Lakeside Park when the contractor is in the process of hauling and spreading sand.

According to McKinstry, this is the second time this year the canal has been dredged. The waterway is dredged as needed.

People with questions or concerns can contact the Department of Public Works at 810-984-9730.


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