Port of Siuslaw Manager, Robert Forsythe, has announced the Wharf Improvement Project is waiting on permit approval from National Marine Fisheries Service before it can begin. The project is scheduled for completion in February 2013. The work will include demolition and reconstruction of parts of the Old Town Wharf.

Legacy Contracting, Inc. expects to begin bringing in equipment for the job in the next two weeks. Materials and equipment will be staged in the Nopal Street parking lot, and in the parking lot in front of Mo’s once work begins. Forty-one new piling will be installed as part of the project. Brief, single-lane closures of Bay Street may occur as equipment or materials are moved to and from the project site. Pedestrian access to the wharf and transient vessel dock surrounding the wharf will be redirected as needed during the project to ensure public safety.

The Port has already notified Old Town businesses of the upcoming project. The Port’s tenants on the wharf, ICM Restaurant and Mo’s Restaurant, are expected to remain open for business during the entire project. “Our contractor has assured us that both restaurants should be able to operate normal business hours throughout the project,” Forsythe said.

Regular project announcements will be posted on the Port’s website, www.portofsiuslaw.com, and Facebook pages. Any questions should be directed to the Port office at 541-997-3426 or email port@portofsiuslaw.com.