$8 million break wall project finishes in Hamburg

No more "carsicles" for vehicles driving along Route 5
Route 5 break wall completed in Hamburg. November 9, 2020
Route 5 break wall completed in Hamburg. November 9, 2020 Photo credit WBEN/Mike Baggerman

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WBEN) – Officials on Monday celebrated the completion of the Route 5 break wall repair project in Hamburg.

The break wall has, for years, deteriorated so much to the point that cars were splashed by the waters from Lake Erie during storms due to the force in which they’d hit the wall. The upgrades will prevent that with the installation of 1,325 foot stones and a ten-foot “splash apron”.

Elected officials cut the ribbon on break wall in Hamburg. November 9, 2020
Elected officials cut the ribbon on break wall in Hamburg. November 9, 2020 Photo credit WBEN/Mike Baggerman

“Travel conditions will no longer be affected,” Dave Schulenberg, Chief of Planning for the US Army Corps of Engineers, said. “It’s a privilege to know that all the hard work paid off. And to be able to celebrate this truly wonderful project, knowing that Route 5 motorists will be protected from Lake Erie’s often harsh conditions.”

The break wall is a 1,325 foot wide and cost $8.2 million in state and federal dollars.