The Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved Cape Charles’ Aid to Local Ports grant request. The grant will fund $228,687 of the estimated $304,916 (75%) for the Inner Harbor Bulkhead Rehabilitation project.
The Mirror asked Capital Projects Manager Bob Panek about this project, as well as grants for the Inshore Breakwater Repair & Reinforcement project, “There is only one VPA ALP grant for the Inner Harbor Bulkhead Rehabilitation. The project consists of replacing 108 king piles and approximately 650 linear feet of the lower horizontal wale. These are the structural components that support the vinyl sheet pile.
There is no grant for the Inshore Breakwater Repair & Reinforcement project. This consists of installing 5 new vertical piles on the north end where it was hit by a large vessel, building a new short dogleg section to the northeast to mitigate wave energy reflected from “A” dock, and building four 5-pile protective dolphins just to the west of the structure. The piles on the north end were broken below the midline by the collision. The underwater damage inspection could not detect this.”
According to the May 13th Town Manager’s Report, the town will be combining the Inner Harbor Bulkhead Rehabilitation project along with the In-Shore Breakwater Repair & Reinforcement project in a consolidated “Invitation for Bids to attract more affordable bids”. Work on the inner harbor portion is planned to start after Labor Day weekend.