As we know, the numerous storms has taken its toll on our city this rain season. The k-rails we have along our streets & roads help reduce the amount of rock, mud, and debris that enters our streets. These of course require constant maintenance to make sure they work properly. Occasionally we must clear the areas behind the k-rails to make room for more fallen material from the hillsides. This week crews worked on clearing the k-rail areas near the Yacht Club this week as we have seen a large amount of mud collect in this area, which then seeps out into the street. Our mini-excavator and dump truck were used to clear the dirt & mud. It is then taken out to a vacant area behind Triana and dumped there, which CICo has given permission for us to do. We are hoping the rains will subside to allow us to move onto other important projects that need to be done before the busy summer season.
Our mechanics have been extremely busy as usual. Some of the tasks they performed this week included installing new rear tires and other repairs to our backhoe, bus repairs, and patrol boat repairs. Montrose requested their assistance with a saltwater pump repair as well which required them to work in the field at our main pump station located at South Beach. This included operating the emergency pump from the Fire Department to supply saltwater the Wrigley Reservoir into the late night hours. Once again, this proves our mechanics diversity, and capability of handling a large workload.
Green Pier Repair Project
Jilk Heavy Construction moved in this week to begin the Green Pier repair project. This is the first of several phases that will work towards rehabilitating the Green Pier. Five pilings are being installed to replace four fender pilings, and one structural pile. Jilk crews have staged a crane, and other equipment onto the pier. Steel beams are used to safely distribute the weight of the crane so the pier can support it. A pump jetting system is used to bore holes into the ocean floor for the pilings to go into. The pilings are then put into place with the use of the crane. If all goes well the project will be completed by the end of next week. In the meantime, the pier & businesses on the pier are able to remain open. Sections of the pier do have to be closed intermittently, but only when they are mobilizing equipment and materials. Similar repairs for the Green Pier are to be scheduled over the next five years to extend its useful life.