Rebuild of 17th Street Dock Project to Spur Economic Activity in Astoria

City: Astoria, OR

Thanks to a successful partnership with the IFA and the Oregon Department of Transportation, the city of Astoria's efforts to replace the aging 17th Street dock were well underway by late 2012 with pilings being driven into the muddy floor of the Columbia River.

The dock is a traditional wooden pier that was acquired by the city of Astoria in 1966. It currently services two U.S. Coast Guard cutters, tour boats, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the retired Light Ship Columbia and the historic Columbia River Large Navigation Buoy.

Local contractor Bergerson Construction was awarded the construction project with a planned completion date of March 2013.

The IFA provided the city with a $1.65 million loan from the Special Public Works Fund that it will use as a match for a $3.8 million Connect Oregon III grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The funding allows the city to replace the wooden 17th Street dock with a steel and concrete dock. The total project cost was estimated at just under $5.5 million.

Over the years, the wooden dock has been exposed to swift currents, high coastal winds and structural stresses of docking the Coast Guard cutters. The dock is structurally compromised, vehicle access to it has been weight restricted and this weight restriction prevents routine access by vehicles that resupply the cutters.

The Daily Astorian reported that during the construction the Columbia Lightship and the Coast Guard Large Navigational Buoy have been taken to Tongue Point for maintenance. The Coast Guard cutters that normally berth at the dock were temporarily relocated to Pier 2 at the Port of Astoria for the duration of construction.