LA CROSSE, Wis. (RELEASE) -- Gov. Scott Walker approved a $1,241,632 million emergency harbor assistance grant to F.J. Robers Co., Inc., of La Crosse, to replace a portion of the company’s main dock wall. The original dock wall, located on the Mississippi River, was built in 1982 and has served as a mainstay to transport bulk commodities. Heavy use and chemical erosion have contributed to the dock wall deterioration. The full cost of the project is expected to be $1.5 million.
This port serves farms, industry, local governments and the state of Wisconsin by shipping grain, feed ingredients, road salt, coal, fertilizer, steel cement, railroad ties, dried distiller’s grain and other commodities by barge.
Construction is expected to begin in March 2017 and be completed in June 2017 to minimize the impact on the shipping season.
Created in 1979, Wisconsin’s Harbor Assistance Program helps harbor communities maintain and improve waterborne commerce. Through 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has administered over $127 million in matching funds for more than 103 port preservation and improvement projects along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Projects are ranked by the Harbor Advisory Council, which includes members from the US Army Corps of Engineers, UW Sea Grant, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.