Wayne County Sheriff’s Office’s $1.4 million project will improve safety on Downriver waterways
‘This will make a much safer environment for officers and the public’
On Sept. 21, The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will break ground on a $1.4 million project that is expected to elevate safety on the section of the Detroit River that runs through Downriver communities.
The project, that has been over 10 years in the making, will revitalize the WCSO’s Marine Division at Elizabeth Park in Trenton.
The WCSO has the only marine base stationed directly on the river in the Downriver area. This allows the WCSO to lend boat space to other agencies for joint operations and for safer and quicker deployment for employees, the agency revealed in a statement.
“It also offers a safer environment for the general public,” the statement added.
The project includes construction of park improvements, including site grading, seawall, a custom guardrail, a pile supported concrete platform and walkway, floating dock, landscaping, electrical service, electrical rack and power pedestals, and site improvements.
According to the WCSO statement, the original wood seawall at the station has rotted away and water has washed away the soil.
“We will be raising the ground to compensate for high water in the future, along with replacing the seawall and adding floating finger docks to adjust for high and low water,” the WCSO explained. “We will also be adding power pedestals for the boats. We are hoping to have this project completed by the end of this year.”
Wayne County is in the process of reviewing bids for the purchase (furnish), delivery and installation of a modular office (trailer) building and new parking lot at Elizabeth Park.
“This will make a much safer environment for the officers and public,” the statement concluded. “It also allows for a quicker response for the marine unit.”