Youghiogheny River Lake to host appreciation ceremony for Somerset North Boat Ramp completion

Pittsburgh District USACE
Published Sept. 1, 2021
Updated: Sept. 1, 2021
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will celebrate and acknowledge community partners who were instrumental in completing an expansion of the Somerfield North Boat Ramp during a ceremony hosted in Addison, Pennsylvania. The project’s conception began in 2020 when members of the public approached Youghiogheny River Lake staff about shoreline issues limiting access to the Somerfield North courtesy dock. Construction of the project began in August 2020 and concluded the following November. (Courtesy photo)

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will celebrate and acknowledge community partners who were instrumental in completing an expansion of the Somerfield North Boat Ramp during a ceremony hosted in Addison, Pennsylvania. The project’s conception began in 2020 when members of the public approached Youghiogheny River Lake staff about shoreline issues limiting access to the Somerfield North courtesy dock. Construction of the project began in August 2020 and concluded the following November. (Courtesy photo)

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will celebrate and acknowledge community partners who were instrumental in completing an expansion of the Somerfield North Boat Ramp during a ceremony hosted in Addison, Pennsylvania. The project’s conception began in 2020 when members of the public approached Youghiogheny River Lake staff about shoreline issues limiting access to the Somerfield North courtesy dock. Construction of the project began in August 2020 and concluded the following November. (Courtesy photo)

Vince Klinker, a natural resources specialist at Youghiogheny River Lake, received the Friends award from Donna Graham.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District celebrated and acknowledged community partners who worked with the district to expand the Somerfield North Boat Ramp in Addison, PA. The wider ramp provides safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic, in addition to accommodating vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Vince Klinker, a natural resources specialist at Youghiogheny River Lake, received the Friends award from Donna Graham.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District celebrated and acknowledged community partners who worked with the district to expand the Somerfield North Boat Ramp in Addison, PA. The wider ramp provides safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic, in addition to accommodating vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Lt. Col. Albert Butler, deputy commander, Pittsburgh District alongside Youghiogheny River Lake staff and partners who assisted in completing the ramp project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District celebrated and acknowledged community partners who worked with the district to expand the Somerfield North Boat Ramp in Addison, PA. The wider ramp provides safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic, in addition to accommodating vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Lt. Col. Albert Butler, deputy commander, Pittsburgh District alongside Youghiogheny River Lake staff and partners who assisted in completing the ramp project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District celebrated and acknowledged community partners who worked with the district to expand the Somerfield North Boat Ramp in Addison, PA. The wider ramp provides safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic, in addition to accommodating vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Lt. Col. Albert Butler, deputy commander, Pittsburgh District alongside Youghiogheny River Lake staff and partners who assisted in completing the ramp project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District celebrated and acknowledged community partners who worked with the district to expand the Somerfield North Boat Ramp in Addison, PA. The wider ramp provides safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic, in addition to accommodating vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District celebrated and acknowledged community partners who worked with the district to expand the Somerfield North Boat Ramp in Addison, PA. The wider ramp provides safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic, in addition to accommodating vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District celebrated and acknowledged community partners who worked with the district to expand the Somerfield North Boat Ramp in Addison, PA. The wider ramp provides safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic, in addition to accommodating vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District celebrated and acknowledged community partners who worked with the district to expand the Somerfield North Boat Ramp in Addison, PA. The wider ramp provides safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic, in addition to accommodating vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

CONFLUENCE, Pa.  – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will celebrate and acknowledge community partners who were instrumental in completing an expansion of the Somerfield North Boat Ramp during a ceremony hosted in Addison, Pennsylvania, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.

The ceremony will take place at the Somerfield Recreation Area located off National Pike Route 40 with access to the Youghiogheny River Lake.

Members of the public and media are invited to attend.

“We are hosting this ceremony to show gratitude to all those who partnered with us and completed this much-needed project to benefit the community,” said Doug Swisher, the resource manager at Youghiogheny River Lake.

The boat launch expansion improves access to the Somerfield North courtesy dock. Construction of the project began in August 2020 and concluded the following November.

The project widened the ramp by 18 feet. The 18-foot widening extends 250 feet, totaling 4,500 square feet of new pavement. The widening allows for safer water access by providing additional space during heavy recreational-season traffic. The ramp will also accommodate vehicle access at low water for those with impaired mobility.

Pittsburgh District partnered with the Friends for the Youghiogheny River Lake (FOY), local stakeholders and members of the public to complete the project. Members of the public raised funds and donated them to FOY to cover the paving costs. A local contractor volunteered his service and labor to excavate and grade the site.

RESOURCES: For more information, visit; www.lrp.usace.army.mil

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