By Oliver Lazenby
Port of Bellingham commissioners voted to move $285,000 for structural repairs to the sawtooth dock, in Blaine Harbor, into this year’s budget at a March 15 commission meeting.
That will allow for repairs to the sawtooth dock, which is just east of the Westman Marine building, to start this summer. Previously, work on the dock was budgeted for 2017.
“The sawtooth dock is in a little worse shape than we thought,” said Adam Fulton, the port’s director of facilities. “We’re hoping to do some immediate repairs as soon as possible.”
The repairs include replacing structures that are broken or rotten to make the dock at least partially usable, Fulton said.
The Port of Bellingham has plans to make updates throughout Blaine Harbor this summer, including repairs to the north and south industrial piers, the gate 1 landing float and replacement of utility hangers on gate 3 floats.
Before work can start, the project needs to be permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state department of fish and wildlife, and the city of Blaine.