The last chapter of the Japanese derelict dock begins July 31 when a crew from Ballard Diving and Salvage of Vancouver, Wash., starts demolition. The project will take three to seven days, depending on the tide and safety needs. The beach will stay open to the public, except for a closed safety zone around the dock.
The salvage experts will remove the dock, recycle or dispose of the material, and restore the beach work site. To protect the area, the crew plans to cut the dock into several large pieces, place them on a heavy-haul truck at the main Agate Beach access road, and transport them to a Portland-area facility for final demolition and recycling. The work site will have 24-hour security, and portions of the beach may temporarily close as sections of the dock are moved to the road (less than a half mile south of the dock). Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists will inspect the bottom of the dock onsite for possible invasive species.
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