Port of Siuslaw Manager, Robert Forsythe, announced progress is continuing on the Wharf Improvement Project.  The 22,000 sf Old Town Wharf was built in 1966 and is in need of repairs to address safety concerns.  Repairs include demolition of timber pile, pile caps, and stringers, along with installation of steel pile, girders and timber repairs.  A total of 41 new piling will be installed during the project.  The work is being funded primarily with a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation ConnectOregon III program, along with Port matching funds secured with a loan from the state of Oregon Port Revolving Loan Fund.

The contractor, Legacy Contracting, Inc., based in Stayton, has of equipment and materials staged in the parking lot in front of Mo’s Restaurant on Bay Street.  This week they expect to break down the crane and move it onto a barge so they can begin the water-side pile installation.  Most pile installation will be completed with a vibro hammer, which vibrates the piling into the ground.  A diesel hammer will be used on a limited basis to ensure piling are securely placed, per permit requirements.  Later this week and next week Legacy expects to begin installation of 14 new pile near the Mo’s end of the wharf.   The contractor plans to replace stringers under the ICM end of the wharf this week and next week, along with replacing decking near ICM.  Legacy expects to work between 6am and 7pm, Monday through Friday, depending on tide and weather conditions.  The project is scheduled for completion in March of 2013, with in-water work to be completed by 15 February 2013.    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’s tenants on the wharf, ICM Restaurant and Mo’s Restaurant, are expected to remain open for business during the project.   Both Legacy Contracting and the Port of Siuslaw appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation during this needed infrastructure improvement project.

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.