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Catherine Soper
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Mukilteo Fishing Pier Re-Open

Post Date:04/19/2002

The Mukilteo Public Access Pier located just east of the Mukilteo Ferry Dock has been reopened as of Friday, April 19. Out of concern for public safety, the Everett Port Commission recently closed the pier due to the discovery of missing and severely deteriorated piling supporting the dock, discovered during a routine Port inspection. The Port hired a diver/engineer to inspect the dock, who confirmed the Port’s findings.

Under clear direction from the Port Commission to expedite the reopening of the dock, Port staff looked for ways to temporarily reopen the facility to allow access until the permanent repairs could be made. Port Engineering staff and the Marine Terminal Maintenance crew devised a way to temporarily place a marina gangway on the dock to completely span over the problem areas, allowing access to the outer portion of the dock. The Port installed temporary fencing and transition ramps on Thursday, finishing up the project on Friday, April 19. Commission President Jim Shaffer said, "Port staff did an excellent job in coming up with a temporary fix so that the dock could be reopened. The reopening of this public access pier is very important for the community as well as the City of Mukilteo."

Port staff worked closely with Washington State Ferries who allowed the Port access to its vehicle loading ramp between ferry runs to place the gangway and other materials on the dock. The Port also worked with the City of Mukilteo’s Planning and Building Departments to assure their concurrence with the temporary fix.

Port Executive Director John Mohr said, "I very much appreciate the fact that Port staff worked closely with Washington State Ferries and the City of Mukilteo to reopen the pier. Port Engineer John Klekotka has done a tremendous job to speed the reopening along."

Permanent repairs to the dock are expected to occur later this year.

For further information you may contact John Mohr at the Port of Everett at (425)259-3164.

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