Shutdown could cancel construction of breakwall in Hamburg

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The effects of the ongoing partial government shutdown are being felt nationwide as we near the one-month mark.

The ongoing discussion over border wall funding has no end in sight, and it could halt construction of a breakwall along the Hamburg shoreline.

The project has been in the works for quite some time.

Congressman Brian Higgins says the shutdown could pull those plans off the board. That’s if President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his proposed wall at the southern U.S. border.

Business owners near the site say shutdown or not, the breakwall is essential.

“It’s not only important for us as a business. But I think Canalside, Sabres games, anything that goes on down there. If this road is closed, even if it’s just this little area, it’s a huge deterrent for anyone who has plans,” Hoak’s Restaurant owner Aileen Lang says.

The Army Corps of Engineers says that as of now, the project is continuing as scheduled.

Construction is expected to start by next spring.

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