City Project Manager Julie Beaton unveiled the plans to City Council this week.
“It has been a long, long time coming,” she said.
The estimated cost of the project is about $1 million. A portion of the funding will come from a state grant, with the remainder coming out of the city’s Marina Fund.
"We have a dock that, if it is not sitting on rocks, it is darn close,” said Dan Dombos of the Benton Harbor-based engineering firm Abonmarche, contracted by the city to design the project. “Currently, these docks are up against a natural slope — one that has riprap and stone on it.”
To fix the problem, the city plans to remove the riprap and install a sheet pile wall in its place, dredge the dock area, and install a new ice suppression system.
“We’re going to be adding depth to all of the slips, as well as removing the slope and stone,” Dombos said.
There will also be upgrades to some of the storm sewer outfalls.
“I think it is going to be a great project,” Beaton said.
As planning for the project progressed, it became apparent that its scope needed to be reduced to stay within the combined contributions of the state Waterways Grant and the city's matching contribution. Contributing to the cost increase were higher material costs and the need for dredged material to be disposed of at a Type II landfill.
Work is expected to begin at the end of October and be completed by April 21, 2014. The project will be shut down from Dec. 23 through Feb. 24.
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