Tsunami dock removal on Oregon Coast to begin Wednesday

Tsunami dock removal on Oregon Coast to begin Wednesday

Credit: Lindsay Chamberlain, KING5.com

Tsunami dock removal on Oregon Coast to begin Wednesday

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by JEFF THOMPSON / KGW.com

KING5.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 7:04 PM

NEWPORT, Ore. -- Removal of a derelict Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach in Oregon in June is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The Seattle company hired to remove the dock, Ballard Diving and Salvage, has already started preparing the site. But the actual removal will not begin until Wednesday afternoon, according to Chris Havel of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. See Oregon's tsunami dock up close

"The contractor will cut the dock into five sections, use a crane to load them onto trucks sitting on the beach, then drive them offsite for final demolition and recycling," Havel explained.

Roadside parking at Agate Beach was closed, starting Monday, and visitors were asked to park in the paved lot on the east side of Oceanview Drive.

Click for a map of closures and parking options

The dock was set adrift by last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since it washed ashore, it has become a tourist attraction. Wildlife officials and volunteers removed about a ton and a half of material from the the dock soon after its arrival. What to do if you find tsunami debris

Bids for removing the dock ranged from about $80,000 to $240,000. Ballard was awarded a contract for $84,155.

 

 

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