The port is using a methodical process to remove the old pilings, extracting them without placing them back in the river. Eder said the port is still a few years away from having a new seismically resilient dock.
New pilings should be installed and ready for the construction of the new dock by January 2026.
The demolition will take place during three “in-water work windows,” when threatened and endangered salmon species are least likely to be there.
The first window, which lasts from this month to January, will include demolishing the existing dock and removing the pilings.
“We know the community is ready and eager to add this ‘crown jewel’ visitor destination to our Terminal 1 location, and we’re excited too,” said Eder.
“It will be worth the wait, and we’ll be watching excitedly with everyone else as new life is breathed into the 100-year-old birthplace of the port,” he said.