Boaters rejoiced in March when the Cedaroak Boat Ramp finally reopened after a construction process that saw numerous delays.
Yet, while the ramp has been operational since that point, the West Linn Parks and Recreation department always knew that some finishing touches would be needed once the window for the in-river work — as allowed by the Oregon Marine Board — re-opened July 1. Starting July 11, crews returned to the site to complete that work — a process that is expected to take about two weeks, according to Parks and Recreation Director Ken Worcester.
"The main work is a 'closure pour,'" Worcester said. That last step involves pouring concrete on-site, which had to wait until part of the ramp was no longer underwater.
The ramp will remain open throughout the final construction steps, Worcester said.
"We will do one side at a time," Worcester said.
The new ramp replaced a 47-year-old structure that had been breaking down for years. Construction took about nine months, as the process was beset with a number of delays related to inclement weather, a contractor error and a settling issue on the river.
The $1.4 million project was funded in part by a $200,000 grant from the Oregon State Marine Board.