Corps plans renovation of Columbia Bar jetties

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LONGVIEW — The Corps of Engineers plans a seven-year, $257 million restoration of jetties at the mouth of the Columbia River.

The jetties narrow the river to flush silt into the Pacific, and they protect ships crossing the Columbia River Bar. Ship traffic to Columbia River ports is worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

The Daily News reports the corps would like to start work in 2016, but that depends on funding.

The first of three jetties was built in the late 1800s. They underwent a major rehabilitation in the 1940s and interim repairs in recent years.

The corps said Monday the jetties are structurally sound but need significant repairs because storms have eroded the sand around them and toppled the car-size boulders that make up the jetties.