By Dave Haviland, February 21, 2014, KBKW
The Port of Grays Harbor will begin repairs to the Hoquiam levee this month. Port Commissioner last week approved a plan to move stockpiled rock from Westport to the South side of port property in Hoquiam. Director Marc Horton told Port Commissioners “The problem we’re having right now is that we’ve got a lot of erosion along water, specifically along the South side, and I think it’s severe enough that it’s actually threatening breaching of the dike.”
Horton said they’ll begin by rebuilding the access road at the end of Early Industrial Way. “So that we can get larger equipment and trucks out to replace rock as the second phase large rock along the face of this to protect the property.
Meanwhile repairs are being made to the rail bridge nearby over the Hoquiam river, funded by a $350,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration. Washington State Department of Transportation contractors will replace the mid-river pier, damaged in a 2009 flood, with a dolphin barrier that will prevent boats from hitting the bridge.
The port will also be using some of the Westport rock to improve a parcel on Commerce street, adding about 2 acres of lease space.