Friday, August 15, 2014

Port Angeles Delays $3 Million Terminal Project

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Port Angeles has decided to delay a multi-year, $3 million project to replace piles at Terminal 1, as well as a few other capital projects, the port’s engineering director said Aug. 12.

A delay in receiving permits has pushed the schedule for the Terminal 1 redevelopment from October 2014 to July 2015, Engineering Director Chris Hartman told the Port of Port Angeles Commission during its meeting this week.

Under the project, the port plans to replace toxic, creosote-covered timber pilings at the terminal with stronger, more environmentally safe steel piles. Hartman said the port already has spent $73,826 of an allotted $180,000 for redevelopment-permit costs and project design.

In all, five projects were delayed for various reasons. In addition to the Terminal 1 pilings project, a $250,000 cleanup of the port’s Marine Trades Area was delayed due to a draft cleanup action plan still being under review with the Dept. of Ecology. Also, a $7,000 gangway transition tower purchase was deferred because the port was able to borrow a gangway system for use during this year’s cruise vessel season.

The delays and deferrals of various projects have reduced the port’s anticipated capital expenditures in its 2014 budget by about $1.3 million, according to Hartman.