Shoreside Pumpout Dock Work
Both our Public Works & Harbor Maintenance crews spent most of their time this week working on the shoreside areas for the new pumpout dock. Last week’s update mentioned how a 100’ section of sewer piping needed to be replaced. Public Works crews used our mini-excavator and vacuum truck to trench the area to expose the existing sewer piping. The piping was then cut out and removed. Fortunately the rest of the existing piping is in good condition, so crews will be able to starting installing the new piping next week. Several utility conduits that run along the seawall in the same area will also be relocated to the trench so they are no longer exposed to the harsh ocean elements. Harbor Maintenance worked on repairing a section of the seawall. Wooden forms were installed to allow concrete to be formed to rebuild a portion of the seawall. A concrete platform was also formed & poured below the seawall so the hose guide could be safely accessed. Work on this project is steadily moving along, but the reopening of the pumpout dock will be delayed a week or so. Further updates to be provided.
Float 5 Removal Preparations
Harbor Maintenance crews begun their preparations to remove Float 5 at the Mole, which is scheduled for Friday, February 17. The float is to be hauled out at the boatyard here, and will be refurbished. Several tasks must be completed before the float can be removed. This week crews removed the standing water from inside the float with the use of an industrial vacuum. The water is mostly from rainwater and condensation. It is a tedious task since the float is made up of a series of chambers which must be cleared individually. Other preparations will include disconnecting the large float hinges, and removal of the ramps & flaps. The new pumpout float will be launched at the same time Float 5 is being hauled out. Weather of course could potentially delay the scheduling of this. Orne Carstarphen can answer any questions as to how this will affect Mole operations.
Maintenance Yard Surface Cap Installation
As we know, this project is part of the lawsuit that the City is involved with LBUSD. Several last minute changes, rains, and additional legal issues has substantially delayed the project. Fortunately Jordahl, under the direction of Waterstone Environmental, has been back to working on the project the past couple of weeks. Substantial progress was made this week as the initial concrete was poured, which included three truckloads of concrete. This project should continue to move along, but will be dependent on the weather. This has made it difficult to determine a timeline as to when the project will be completed. We will provide additional updates as the project progresses.