East Tawas State Harbor: Phase I Reconstruction


The East Tawas State Harbor's last upgrade was in the 1980's with some infrastructure dating back to the 1960's. Due to this, the facility is nearing the end of its useful life and is in need of redevelopment. Another need for improvement at the harbor is the long distance boaters are required to walk to access any harbor amenities and downtown East Tawas.In order to get a complete picture of the improvements needed to the harbor, a study was completed by a design consultant (Edgewater Resources) to assess the physical condition of  the harbor, analyze market demands, identify boating trends, and collect stakeholder feedback. This study guided the consultant's recommendations and development of conceptual plans for the future development of East Tawas State Harbor. The project then moved to the next phase of developing construction documents, followed by the acquisition of permits, and finally the bidding process for the first construction phase of the project. The construction plans for this first phase include two new floating pier systems providing 50+ new boat slips with utilities ranging in length from 30-50, a wave attenuator system for protection, and shoreline improvements. The final construction plans have been completed and bid out for construction. The project has begun with an anticipated completion date of late 2016 or spring of 2017.