The first step toward a significant marina renovation is complete with the City of Kalama’s approval of the Port’s shoreline substantial development permit application. The shoreline permit is required for development or activity performed within 200 feet of the Columbia River shoreline.
The decision will now be submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Port will continue to work with State and Federal regulatory agencies on the remainder of the permits needed for this project. The project is in the final design and planning stage and will go out to bid later this year, 2017.
“The Port of Kalama marina renovation project will perform maintenance and upgrades while enhancing safety and environmental protection, American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, facility aesthetics and overall attractiveness of the entire marina,” says Darin Sampson, Port of Kalama project manager.
Among many, some improvements include:
- Construction of ADA-compliant aluminum-grated gangway for ADA access to the visitor dock and entrance to marina.
- Replacement of concrete floats with aluminum-grated floats
- Removal of nine creosote timber piles and salvage of ten steel piles
- Provide and/or upgrade potable water service, fire suppression systems and electrical service to all floats
“This marina renovation project will go a long way to ensuring excellent access to the facility as well as the environmental upgrades and safeguards that will protect natural resources like our shoreline and river,” says Tabitha Reeder, Environmental Manager.