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Dredging bill adds up

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM

DuPuis, a deckhand for the King Co. of Holland, said he was actually pulling a stump free from the cutting blades of the dredge.

“There’s great big teeth on that thing,” the Ferrysburg man said. “We’re hitting metal and old pilings. I had a great big log and yanked that stump out of there.”

King Co. employees have been busy in the Grand Haven harbor since June. First, they dredged the harbor entrance.

They were expected to complete their work in the current section of the channel this week before going back out to the pier heads to work on another spot for a couple of days, according to Tom O’Bryan, area engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The dredging company’s work would have been done at that point, but engineers discovered a shoal had been created farther upriver, the result of spring flooding.

O’Bryan said the area near the VerPlank docks, just west of the railroad swing bridge, was last dredged three years ago.

“We didn’t plan on dredging (that area) at all,” he said.

The extra dredging will add $200,000 to the project that already cost $540,000.

O’Bryan said the money is available in the corps' budget due to low bids received for the original project.

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