U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the /U.S. Coast Guard
Proposed repair of the Cleveland West Pierhead Light
-- 2014 Update

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) had proposed repairs to the Cleveland West Pierhead Light, which includes the Fog Signal Building. The entire site is a Historic Site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the light is solar-powered, and the foghorn, which formerly was a compressed-air-powered diaphone emitting the signature low bass "BEEEEE-OH!" sound that could be heard for fifteen miles, has been replaced by an electronic signal. The Fog Signal Buiilding is now empty.

West Pierhead Light

Click for larger image (31 Oct 2008)

The platform upon which the Light and Fog Signal Building rest consists of timber cribs filled with stones, surrounded with massive concrete caps. The entire platform was deteriorating, resulting an a noticeable tilt to the platform and also the structures it supports.
For comparison, see picture below taken in 2000.

Thus the USACE, which is responsible for the maintenance of the platform, and the USCG, which is responsible for the Light and Fog Signal Building, in 2008, had proposed a remedial undertaking. Lacking the funds for a complete refurbishment, they had proposed a partial encasement of the plaform with sheet piling, then filling and topping the platform with concrete to stabilize it. In accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act, a 106 review meeting was called. West Pierhead Light in 2000
Westpier Light in 2014However funds were made available for sheet piling to completely surround the Westpier Light. The platform was stabilized as much as possible to prevent further tilt of the light tower, and refurbishing work has begun on the Fog Signal Building. Photo credit: Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 29, 2014.

Cleveland Eastpier LightThe Eastpier Light fully enclosed with sheet piling. Refurbishing on this light was done previously.