Port of Siuslaw Manager, Robert Forsythe, received conceptual plans and technical drawings today for the much needed repairs to the Siuslaw River bulkhead. ZCS Engineering, Inc. was awarded the contract to prepare the preliminary designs for the Port; a survey and geotechnical study were completed as part of the design preparation. This project was funded in part with Oregon State Lottery Funds administered by the Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority, in the form of a $9,600 grant from the State of Oregon’s Port Planning and Marketing Fund. The Port provided $3,200 in matching funds to complete the drawings. “We are very pleased to receive these conceptual plans because they are the first step in completing repairs to the failing bulkhead,” Forsythe said. “With these preliminary designs the Port has a basic map of how to proceed, as well as information needed to begin applying for the state and federal permits that will be required for the project.” Repair of the riverfront bulkhead is listed as a critical issue in the Port’s 2013-18 Strategic Business Plan. The Siuslaw River bulkhead is an essential piece of marine infrastructure which protects a large portion of the Port’s waterfront properties, including the RV Campground, district office, recreational marina, boat launch, marine fueling station, and parking lot. ZCS engineers evaluated multiple repair options and are recommending a sheet pile wall with helical anchor tiebacks. This method is preferred because of its minimal impact on the estuary and surrounding upland structures, and its 30-50 year projected service life. Copies of the conceptual plans can be viewed at the Port office, 100 Harbor Street, Florence or click here. The Port welcomes comments from the public regarding the project. Comments can be directed to the Port office at 541-997-3426 or emailed to email@example.com.