WINCHESTER BAY -- A failing dock means laborers will need to replace the floating portion of it.

Charmaine Vitek of the Port of Umpqua explained the project in a recent phone interview after the port board took up the project at their Sept. 20 meeting.

"The existing one is falling apart and is dangerous," the port manager said. "We're replacing not the existing dock but the floating part."

Both the commercial dock and the floating equipment date back before 2002.

Workers will replace the aging material in the time frame of mid- to late November.

Out of three bidders, Bellingham Marine of Washington submitted the lowest bid at $48,500. The other two bidders also hail from Washington. Pacific Netting Products of Kingston bid $63,123, which included shipping and ISCO submitted a $70,080 bid.

"Just the life of the structure is gone," Vitek emphasized. "It's been replaced and glued together as best as can be."

The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 orย shelby.case@theworldlink.com.

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