The donated concrete floats were towed to the Port of Poulsbo for complete refurbishment and reuse in the new floating breakwater. Courtesy Photo

Construction of new Poulsbo breakwater begins

Will be ready for public by next year

Construction of the new breakwater at the Port of Poulsbo marina began this month with the goal to have it ready for the public by next year.

The port has been in the process of planning the breakwater replacement project for several years. Constructed in 1962, the breakwater is reaching 60 years old. Typically, the useful life of a breakwater is up to 40 years, a port news release says.

Public bidding for construction was completed in February. Six bids were received, and Quigg Bros Inc., an Aberdeen-based marine contractor, was awarded the project with a low bid of just over $8 million. The marina will remain open and operational during construction.

Donated concrete floats from Elliot Bay Marina, along with significant grant funding, paved the way for a new floating breakwater with transient moorage and public access to be built. The state Recreation and Conservation Office Boating Facilities Program awarded a $1 million grant while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boating Infrastructure Grant Program awarded nearly $1.5 million.

The breakwater will be constructed using completely refurbished pontoons in combination with some new ones, per the port. The breakwater will be anchored with steel piles centered on each double slip. It will be located 60 feet Southeast and 40 feet seaward of the existing breakwater and log boom. Installation will occur prior to removal of the existing breakwater to maintain marina protection.

Additionally, wave attenuation of the floating breakwater is expected to provide “moderate” performance. A structurally sound pile wall like the existing breakwater provides “good” performance, the port says. Following construction of the new breakwater, wave energy inside the marina is expected to increase by up to 20 percent as a result of unrestricted flow beneath the floating breakwater.

Amenities of the new breakwater include:

• The Port is maximizing hookup options within electricity service limits.

• Floating restroom.

• Lighting will be provided.

• Safety ladders, equipment and a fire suppression system.

• Security upgrades are planned for separation between transient and permanent moorage.

More in News

A little parade watcher exchanges a wave with a princess on a float. (Bob Smith | Kitsap News Group)
Summer weather returns just in time for Fathoms parade

Absent for two straight summers, parade watchers soak in the fun and sun

.
Toddler survives fentanyl overdose; mom arrested

Poulsbo child, 2, is alert; long-term effects unknown

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Bremerton. Courtesy Photo
Bremerton Planned Parenthood vows to provide access

Roe v. Wade overturned by US Supreme Court

The Timber Run sign inside the apartment property. Elisha Meyer/Port Orchard Independent Photos
Rent hike could leave some homeless

Some residents at a Port Orchard apartment complex are scrambling to find… Continue reading

.
All events back on for Kingston 4th of July

Parade at noon; fireworks at 10 p.m.

A map of the North Kitsap region where many trail segments are being considered for the North Sound to Olympics Trail. Courtesy Graphic
Planning discussed for North Sound to Olympics Trail

Kitsap County Public Works held an open house Wednesday at the Village… Continue reading

.
Turning 105 is no big deal for Mary DeLaGrange

Port Orchard birthday girl just wants her family to enjoy some cake

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center has expanded its services and is now located at College Marketplace in Poulsbo. Courtesy Photo
Poulsbo animal hospital moves, expands services

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, formerly known as Animal Emergency & Trauma… Continue reading

The donated concrete floats were towed to the Port of Poulsbo for complete refurbishment and reuse in the new floating breakwater. Courtesy Photo
Construction of new Poulsbo breakwater begins

Will be ready for public by next year

Most Read