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Chipping away at the pier project

Alex Doty • Apr 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Workers hammered away at the Grand Haven south pier along the Grand River channel on Monday.

Marine contractors used a heavy demolition machine placed on the pier to break the concrete surface into smaller chunks, while a crane with a scoop attachment loaded the concrete pieces onto an adjacent barge.

Once contractors remove the existing concrete surface to inspect the structure and make repairs, the exposed area will then be repaired, filled with stone and recapped with a new concrete surface.

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In an April 11 Tribune story, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Area Engineer Tom O’Bryan said that because of the nature of the work and all of the activity that will be taking place, the pier is off limits to the public.

“The fence is up and no one will be allowed on the structure,” he said. “And this will be strictly enforced.”

Officials say that while the goal is to try and get the $2.6 million project completed by the end of July, marine contractors have until the end of 2017 to complete the work, based on their contract.

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