DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Notifying Boaters Of Access To
HILO -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is notifying boaters that it has completed a phase of land-based dredging work at the Wailoa small boat harbor entrance channel.
"Work is currently stopped on the dredging at Wailoa as we wait for a barge necessary for this project to arrive," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson. "While the barge is in transit, Wailoa Harbor users may enjoy uninhibited use of the harbor."
DLNR’s contractor, American Marine Corp. is tentatively scheduled to bring a dredge barge into the harbor channel about the middle of next week for the next phase of the project.
DLNR’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation is posting signs at the Wailoa harbor launch ramp (which remains open) and in the harbor to advise boaters that the harbor mouth is open --until the barge arrives and is stationed in the entrance channel. When the dredge barge is in place and operational, the channel will not be accessible to vessels.
Since January, DLNR contractor American Marine Corp. has been doing maintenance dredging of the harbor mouth using land-based equipment. The access channel was kept clear and open for vessel use in the project's off hours.
“While it is important to complete this project as soon as possible, we have arranged with our contractor during this next phase to provide access for boaters to enter and exit the harbor, on a limited basis that works around the construction schedule,” said Young.
The entrance channel will be closed during dredge barge operating hours, Monday to Thursday, except for state holidays, during daytime hours from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in May.
The entrance channel will be opened when the dredge barge stops operating on weekends -- on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and state holidays.
It will also be opened overnight, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Monday through Thursday. For emergency access to the harbor, boaters should call the contractor on VHF Channel 69.
Since January, DLNR contractor American Marine Corp. has been doing maintenance dredging of the harbor mouth.
This project is needed to remove shoaled areas which have created a navigational hazard. Approximately 25,000 cubic yards of material will be removed from the entrance channel and outer portion of the Wailoa Small Boat Harbor.
The dredged material will be dewatered at the adjacent Hilo Bayfront Beach Park, and when “dry” will be trucked to a State-owned parcel located along Kamehameha Avenue and Manono Street. The dredged material, which consists mainly of sand will be tested and stockpiled for future use.
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