eastlake erosion Control contractor

Are you battling Lake Erie Erosion in Eastlake? A failing shoreline can make you feel unsafe, even in your own home. At Mark Haynes Construction, we understand the urgency you might feel if your backyard is vulnerable. Our team of experienced professionals offer pier, breakwall, and revetment construction to protect your section of shoreline. We’ve completed multiple coastal erosion projects on Lakeshore Blvd between E 331st St and Timberlake Village.

With decades of experience stabilizing the northern coast, we’ve found armor stone revetments are an excellent option to reduce and eliminate coastal erosion. A revetment is a method of shoreline protection we construct using 3-6 ton limestone rocks and concrete materials. It’s held in place with specially-designed fabric. Revetments were developed by the army-corps of engineers and provide a long-term solution to coastal erosion on Lake Erie. 

All work was done with great skill and precision. The workers were dependable, timely, competent and friendly. Contractor Haynes did all as promised and at the promised price. The work space was left clean and in good order. Very impressive!


Google Review, Coastal Erosion Client

“Crews were here at 7:00 every morning and stayed till 7:00 on some nights to finish…they were extremely professional and answered any question we might have…we are extremely pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend.


Shoreline Erosion Client

Mark Haynes did a fabulous job on our revetment! We are extremely pleased with their work. We would highly recommend them.




Shoreline Erosion Client

Our Shoreline Projects Near Eastlake

We’ve completed several shoreline erosion control projects in Eastlake along Lakeshore Blvd. Our clients have included individual landowners as well as a group of neighbors in Eastlake.

We recommend partnering with adjoining landowners for your revetment project when possible to help reduce costs. We constructed a large scale revetment that spanned multiple properties for the group of neighbors we worked with in Eastlake.

Click the button below to learn more about our local coastal erosion control projects in Eastlake.

In 2018, a group of 6 homeowners in Eastlake contacted us because they were battling a rapidly deteriorating coastline on Lakeshore Blvd. Erosion damage was getting worse by the day.

To control the damage, the neighbors began researching local construction companies to repair their shoreline. As a result, one of the neighbors found our company and invited us to give a presentation to the group of neighbors describing how we would tackle their erosion problem. We jumped at the opportunity to work with this group and gave a thorough presentation of our proposed solution. More importantly, we answered any questions the homeowners had and made sure they knew what to expect.

In the end, we were delighted the group of neighbors chose our company for the project based on our presentation and experience. We started construction on the multi-residence revetment right away. And, our crews worked overtime to secure the shoreline as quickly as possible. In the end, we finished the project in just under 3 weeks.

To complete this revetment, we used 3-6 ton armor stone rock and graded the slope of the properties according to homeowner preferences. In addition, we worked hard to answer any questions the property owners had along the way. We also reseeded lawns before leaving. Most importantly, we received positive feedback from this group of Eastlake homeowners who were overwhelmingly pleased with the outcome of their revetment.

Would you like to read a review from an Eastlake homeowner in this group? Click Here to check out James’ Google review.

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We construct durable, long-lasting revetments designed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Site Assessments

We’ll visit your property, assess the damage, and provide a quote for a $500 fee.



Our team can regrade your beach front property according to your exact specifications.


If your project requires engineering or permitting, we offer referrals in your area.


Need breakwall repairs or installation? We provide full-service construction and maintenance.

Lawn & Utilities Protection

We use specialized mats to protect your lawn and underground utilities from our heavy machinery.

about erosion control

Is Lake Erie Erosion Getting Worse?

In recent years, Lake Erie water levels have risen to record levels – as much as 30” above normal in 2019. Such high water levels, coupled with severe weather, ice push, strong winds and more have accelerated erosion damage in some places along the Lake Erie shoreline.  

Property owners have lost up to 100 ft of shoreline property in some areas of OhioIf you’re concerned about losing acreage, property damage, or even your house falling into the lake, our team can help.

Shoreline erosion is preventable with a properly installed revetment. And the best part? Revetments are very low-maintenance or maintenance free. One revetment we constructed in Sheffield Lake has been maintenance free since we installed it in 2008.

Why Choose a Revetment and Not a Breakwall?

As a full-service marine contractor, we have the capabilities to construct both revetments and breakwalls, as well as a variety of other shoreline projects. However, many people choose to hire us for revetment construction in large part because of permitting.

At this time, a breakwall permit can take up to 2-3 years to be issued by The Army Corps of Engineers. Two to three years can make an astonishing difference in erosion damage, causing as much as several feet of lakefront property loss depending on the area you live.

On the other hand, revetment permits are available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and can be obtained in 1-2 weeks. For our clients who are concerned about property damage and rapid erosion, this time frame tends to be more suitable.

If you’re interested in a new breakwall, but are concerned about the time it might take to get a permit, you might consider having a revetment installed as a short-term erosion control plan while your breakwall permit is being processed.

What is the Best Method of Shoreline Erosion Control?

After decades of completing a wide-range of Shoreline Erosion Control projects, we have found that Armor Rock Revetments are one of the most effective and efficient methods to control erosion along the lakefront.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources use and recommend this method of erosion control exclusively.

In addition to revetments, we also offer services to install breakwalls and off-shore breakwaters to enhance shorelines and provide additional protection.

What Makes a Revetment Effective?

Revetments protect the Lake Erie Shoreline by dissipating wave energy as waves crash against the coast. When the shoreline isn’t adequately protected, the force of incoming waves erodes away any exposed soil. 

This is true for shelf-ice as well. In winter, waves can exacerbate the rate of erosion by pushing frozen blocks of ice against the coastline. Revetments protect against this.

Revetments are constructed of Army Corps-Approved Limestone, Fabric, Armor Rock, and Concrete Materials. 

How Do You Install a Revetment?

To install a revetment, we start by laying down specialized fabric to protect the soil at the shoreline.

You can think of the fabric we lay down as a kind of seal that protects the soil underneath and holds the revetment rock and concrete in place. The fabric prevents materials from migrating. 

After we’ve laid the fabric, we then cover it with an aggregate of concrete and 3-6-ton army corps-approved limestone rocks, called toe rock. 

Revetments absorb the energy of waves, dissipating their destructive power and protecting your beach for years to come.

What Can I Expect for my Erosion Repair Project?

If you decide to partner with us for a new revetment, here’s the project schedule you can expect. We will complete the following:

  1. Secure Necessary Permitting 
  2. Take Measurements & Give you an Estimate
  3. Find an Access Point to Your Shoreline
  4. Build a Staging Area for Materials and Equipment
  5. Install your New Armor Rock Revetment
  6. Repair your Erosion Damage
  7. Re-slope the Grade of your Property
  8. Reseed Your Grass, if Necessary
  9. Clean Up and Leave Using Specialized Mats to Protect your Lawn & Utilities

Our top priority is installing your armor rock revetment as soon as possible to protect your property against further damage. After we stabilize your shoreline, we’ll work with you to regrade the slope of your property and make any additional changes according to your preferences.

How Long Does it Take to Install a Revetment?

We would love to give an exact time-frame for your erosion repair project, but unfortunately everything from weather conditions to ease-of-access, and the severity of your erosion will determine the time it takes our team to complete your project. 

On average, our typical single lot revetment can be completed in 1-2 weeks from the start of construction to completion. However, we custom-design every project, so your revetment schedule could vary. We can provide a more accurate time frame at your site assessment after we’ve evaluated your property’s unique requirements.

Will Installing a Revetment Damage my Yard?

We do everything possible to protect your lawn and utilities against damage from our heavy machinery. We can’t speak for all companies on this point, but our teams use specially-designed mats to protect your lawn and underground utilities.

We drive our specialized earth moving equipment on these mats to ensure minimal damage to your property.

Will I Need to Get Engineering or Permitting for a New Revetment?

ODNR has a simple permitting process that we can partner with you to apply for. If your project requires engineering or additional permitting, we offer referrals in your area.

How Much Does a Revetment Cost?

Because no two revetments are the same, it’s impossible to give a general cost, or even an accurate price range. After we’ve seen your property, we can provide a solid ball park figure.

Here are the factors that are most likely to affect your final cost:

  • Amount of Materials Needed – How much square footage of shoreline needs attention?
  • Existing Conditions – How severe is your erosion?
  • Ease-of-Access – Is your shoreline difficult to access? Will we need to access from a neighboring property?

If possible, we highly recommend that you partner with adjoining landowners to maximize your cost-savings.

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