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Geneva planning first phase of Seneca Lake seawall repairs

The city of Geneva plans to spend $500,000 in 2022 in the first phase of a project to repair the seawall on the northern shore of Seneca Lake.

The Finger Lakes Times quotes city Public Works Director Joe Venuti as saying the seawall, which protects the city’s Lakefront Park, has suffered erosion over the years from waves driven by winds from the south. He said several hundred feet of the seawall have been breached in some areas. The preliminary estimate for repairs is $3 million, but the city is opting to do the job in phases. The wall was built in the late 1800s, and was repaired in 1950 and 1956.

The city will likely need permission from the state DEC and the US Army Corps of Engineers to make the repairs. It will also seek a more complete estimate of the cost. The repairs have been included in the city’s capital improvement budget project list for 2022.