The Toledo waterfront near the train museum is rather “occupied” these days. Not with protesters with signs demanding a political shake-up of the country, but rather a shake-up of the Depoe Slough bottom. A big crane with a bucket on the end of a long steel line is taking bucket-full after bucket-full of dirt and muck from the depths to create a flatter, deeper bottom for all the boats that will be tied up at six new dock arrays. They are expected to be installed sometime in January or early February. They’ll be longer docks than the other ones just to the south. The ones to the south can handle 20 footers. The new ones will accommodate boats twice as long. The new docks will also have potty pump-out facilities so that anyone staying over for a few days or coming in after a long sail, will have an easy method for proper disposal.
Port officials say the dredging will go on for a few more days and then change gears. New pre-formed docks, which are stored over at the Sturgeon Bend Boatyard, will be towed over and put in place. Then pilings will be driven to match the dock brackets. When all the driving is done, the docks will be permanently anchored. The six fingers of docks will be able to handle craft up to 40 feet in length.
Port of Toledo officials say if you want to watch the operation, please do so from a distance since workers operating heavy machinery need a big safety zone around them.