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City marina work nearly done

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

The marina project began in November 2013 and was slated to be done by April 1.

"It was behind schedule," said Tony McGhee of Abonmarche Engineering. "We were able to have the whole thing done and available for use three months after (the original deadline)."

A record-setting winter caused the schedule to change.

"The weather conditions far exceeded the scheduled downtime," McGhee said. "It created two months beyond those five weeks."

In addition to the two-month downtime, McGhee said cold weather and winds impacted the ability of construction equipment to work. Construction contractors also faced obstructions beneath the surface when installing sheet piling.

"It sat idle from December until March," McGhee said. "Finally, the channel thawed and we resumed work in the middle of March."

City leaders say they’re glad to see the project completed.

"This is a very necessary project, but there's a lot of things you can't control — Mother Nature is one of them," Mayor Geri McCaleb said. "We're appreciative of the work that has been done."

Despite the docks being back in operation, there are still some items left to complete once the current boating season is over. McGhee said that what's left for the second phase includes the installation of an ice suppression system at the charter fishing docks and the completion of concrete work around the site.

"It is unfortunate we weren't able to finish the concrete in its entirety," he said.

Read the complete story in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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