CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A new fixture at Haddad Riverfront park is coming along quite nicely.
A new 400-foot-long dock should be completed within the next few weeks, Charleston City Engineer Chris Knox said.
Amherst Madison, the Charleston company tasked with demolishing the old dock and installing the new, will bring a barge back to the park next Monday, Knox said.
The contractor's portion of the project should be completed about a week after that, Knox said.
"There is still some minor work that needs to be done," he said.
A handrail on the handicap-accessible ramp to the dock still needs to be installed, and a few of the pilings anchoring the structure must be increased to the level of the others, Knox said.
The height of about four pilings must be increased by just a few feet, he said.
A city work crew then will pull wire through conduit to the electrical hookups and the lights along the dock, Knox said. The conduit, which runs under the new dock, has already been put into place.
Knox is pleased with the construction of the landing and believes it will be a welcome addition to the riverfront.
The barge parked by the Schoenbaum Stage was used to remove the concrete from the old dock.
That structure was 16 feet wide and only 200 feet long and made of concrete slabs that had to be removed by a barge-mounted crane.
The company removed about 166 tons of concrete, said Josh Pray, construction engineer for Amherst Madison.
The dock removal took about five days to complete, Pray said.
"It was very straightforward," he said.