The Depoe Bay City Council this week firmed up plans to repair their harbor’s rapidly aging boat docks. They’ve got 5 docks only one of which has had any major repairs – Port Dock 1 which took the brunt of the 2011 Japanese Tsunami that rolled off the sea and into the harbor, smashing the Coast Guard’s favorite tie-up dock. Federal Disaster funds rebuilt it.
But that leaves Port Docks 2,3,4, and 5 still in need of rebuilding. City Public Works Director Brady Weidner says rehabilitating the docks should be quick and a lot cheaper than totally replacing them. Weidner says contractors have come up with an innovative way to bring the docks back to full strength by re-fortifying their pilings. Instead of yanking everything up from the bottom of the bay, they simply give the deteriorating pilings a thick jacket of a plastic-like substance that has proven very strong and highly reliable. And best of all, it costs a tiny fraction of the cost of new pilings.
The city council approved the new approach and Weidner, for starters, will help orchestrate the fortification of Port Dock 2. After that he’ll concentrate on finding the money to re-habilitate Port Docks 3,4 and 5 which he says he’d like to see completed within the next couple of years.
The council also got an update on progress toward sprucing up Coast Highway from the gas station on the south side of the Depoe Bay Bridge all the way to the bridge – sort of a “beautification” effort. Eliminating overhead power lines and a cosmetically enhanced streetscape, complete with sidewalks, is contemplated to be designed and eventually constructed. No specific timeline has been announced for its completion, but the council made it clear that the city’s partnership with ODOT should ensure it’ll be done sooner than later.