Despite some recent budget stresses and strains over moving ahead on the International Terminal project, Newport Port Commissioners have approved moving funds around to make some much needed repairs to Port Docks 5 and 7 along the Bayfront.
Port staff reported that 23 support piles were corroded and/or in disrepair at Port Dock 5. Also there are 3 additional piles at Port Dock 7 that are above the mud line and have been marked as a hazard. Repairs include the use of whalers, rub boards and through-rods for Port Dock 5.
The big fix went out to bid and Bergerson Construction came in as the low bidder at $266,000 which basically ate up nearly the full budget with some other add ons required to be considered, including engineering, contingency and other expenses which put the project at $121,000 underwater.
But port staff emphasized the importance of the repairs and told commissioners they could borrow money from next year’s port budget coupled with some expenditures that could be put off another year to have the full repair costs covered.
The Port Commission approved the financial maneuver which means the repairs should be made within the “in water” work window as set by ODFW. Any additional work not met by the window, which ends February 15th, will be focused on above water portions of the repairs which includes the dock surfaces themselves. Port staff indicated that fishing vessel “parking” would have to be carefully choreographed to make sure all vessels are taken care of.