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Corps says $20M Long Beach breakwater repair to take months

The Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday they hope to have a contractor in place to fix the seawall that protects the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the coming weeks.

David VanDorpe, deputy district engineer for the Army Corps, told harbor commissioners that the agency hopes to award a contract to fix the Middle Breakwater damaged by Hurricane Marie by the end of September or early October.

VanDorpe said that repairing the breakwater could take two to three months and the most damaged areas would be addressed first. Construction crews will replace stone with new rocks and moving existing rocks so they can interlock.

Repairing roughly 3,000 feet of the 18,500-foot long seawall will cost at least $20 million, VanDorpe said, and will also depend on whether funds are available. But he asserted that the Corps is committed to making the breakwater whole again.

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