Dredging Port of Everett will cost more

  • By Debra Smith Herald Writer
  • Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:55pm

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.