Kaptur: $9,000,000 in Federal Funds to Stabilize Cuyahoga River’s Irishtown Bend
WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after it was announced the U.S. Department of Transportation will award $9,000,000 in federal funds under the Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to stabilize the Cuyahoga River’s Irishtown Bend. The federal funding comes in addition to a $3.5 million investment pledged by NOACA announced on Monday, on top of $19 million previously committed, bringing to total funding to roughly $31.5 million.
The Irishtown Stabilization Project will install approximately 3,200 linear feet of sheet steel bulkheads along the shoreline of the Cuyahoga River Federal Navigation Ship Channel along the section known as Irishtown Bend (between River mile 1.39 and 1.93). Due to wear and tear and lack of existing functional bulkheads, this hillside section along the Cuyahoga ship channel is at risk for catastrophic failure. Such collapse would block movement by freighters that deliver bulk commodity cargos to upstream industrial users.
“I am pleased to have supported NOACA in its efforts to lock down federal support for this project, which is critical to both the economic and environmental wellbeing of the Cuyahoga River,” said Rep. Kaptur following a call with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “A collapse at the Irishtown Bend would block movement of freighters in this important commercial passage to Lake Erie and the Great Lakes, resulting in harm not just to Northern Ohio, but $3.5 billion worth of economic activity across the Great Lakes region. Investing in the stabilization and modernization of our waterways will always be worthwhile. I applaud NOACA for its hard work securing this investment and protecting our waterways.”