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Dredging Port of Everett will cost more

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Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
  • In this January 2010 photo, an empty clam shovel swings from the dumping barge back to grab another scoop of material from the river bottom.

    Photos by Michael O'Leary / The Herald

    In this January 2010 photo, an empty clam shovel swings from the dumping barge back to grab another scoop of material from the river bottom.

  • Josh Mitton of General Contruction washes dredge spoils from the crane barge during dredging operations in the Snohomish River in January 2010.

    Josh Mitton of General Contruction washes dredge spoils from the crane barge during dredging operations in the Snohomish River in January 2010.

EVERETT -- Routine dredging of the Port of Everett's marina for sailboats and motor yachts will be more expensive than officials first thought -- in all, more than $1.2 million.
Port of Everett commissioners approved an extra $337,000 to pay to remove sediment from the marina -- that's on top of the $888,500 originally approved.
That's because the contractor, Pacific Pile and Marine of Seattle, found nearly double the sediment than first predicted -- 37,000 cubic yards, up from 20,000.
That's the equivalent of 3,700 dump truck loads of sand, silt and other debris.
The marina is on the Snohomish River channel. A roiling mass of slurry comes down the river and ends up settling along the bottom of the marina, said Port of Everett chief engineer John Klekotka.
It's left at least a few deep-draft sailboats stuck in the muck during low tides.
About once a decade, the port pays a contractor to dredge out the muck, which is disposed of at a special site offshore in Port Gardner.
The contractor started work in December, dredging the area between the north visitors dock to Dock C in the north marina.
Workers found far more sediment had accumulated than expected, particularly around the marina's fuel dock.
The work was expected to be completed last weekend.
Debra Smith: 425-339-3197 or dsmith@heraldnet.com.

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