NEWPORT, Ore. -- Removal of a derelict Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach in June is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
The company hired to remove the dock, Ballard Diving and Salvage, has already started preparing the site. But the actual removal will not begin until Wednesday afternoon, according to Chris Havel of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
"The contractor will cut the dock into five sections, use a crane to load them onto trucks sitting on the beach, then drive them offsite for final demolition and recycling," Havel explained.
Roadside parking at Agate Beach was closed, starting Monday, and visitors were asked to park in the paved lot on the east side of Oceanview Drive.
The dock was set adrift by last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since it washed ashore, it has become a tourist attraction. Wildlife officials and volunteers removed about a ton and a half of material from the the dock soon after its arrival.
Bids for removing the dock ranged from about $80,000 to $240,000. Ballard was awarded a contract for $84,155.
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