Stonington breakwater to be repaired soon

Stonington - A $760,500 project to repair the east breakwater in Stonington Harbor will begin around Nov. 1 and be completed in March 2013.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has awarded a contract to Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman Inc. of Branford.

Tropical Storm Irene damaged several sections of the breakwater, which protects the harbor from waves.

According to the Army Corps, the project calls for replacing 3-to-5-ton stones to repair areas where the breakwater is below the authorized height of 9 feet above the mean low water mark. About 3,000 tons of stone will be used.

"Several sections of the breakwater incurred significant damage during Tropical Storm Irene," said Army Corps project manager Mike Walsh.

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