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Old city dock decking torn off, soon to be replaced

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POLSON — The old city docks are a thing of the past. On Monday May 21, McCrumb Construction and Marine’s barge removed the planks and concrete from the top of the dock. Left in place are the pilings and the center of dock filled with rocks. The pilings will be cut down a few inches and a new top will be installed. 

With a design/build project, we can take it a little bit at a time, according to Karen Sargeant, Polson interim city manager.

The more traditional way to build something is with a design, bid and build format, but the city and Polson Redevelopment Agency chose go with a design/build project. One advantage is that it works with the contractor and their timeline. They can fit it in among other jobs so this solution ends up being less expensive. 

If all goes well, the west fishing pier, aka the old city docks, will be finished this summer, Sargeant said. 

Polson’s City Engineer Shari Johnson is project manager. Johnson agreed, although she said another project, the walkway under the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge will probably not be completed until 2014.

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