Two-phase renovation project to start at Rockwood pier

Posted May 01, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.

ROCKWOOD, Maine — The state soon will begin a two-phase renovation project to improve the Rockwood pier on Moosehead Lake.

The state recently awarded a $250,000 contract to Farley & Son Inc. of Rockport for the project, according to George Powell, director of boating facilities for the Division of Bureau of Parks and Land, Department of Conservation.

The 100-foot-by-300-foot state-owned pier located on the public boat launch property in Rockwood is rotting and in need of restoration, Powell said this week. “It’s in very rotted shape,’’ he said.

The scope of the work includes the replacement of the timber crib on the east side and north end of the pier and the installation of riprap.

The design calls for the timber cribs to rest on a concrete foundation that would be placed in the water. “’We were hoping to do the work when the water level was at its minimum, but they don’t have to do it at that time,” Powell said.

Powell said the state has been working with landowners in Kineo who have easement rights to a portion of the pier, to accommodate them as the project gets under way.

The project completion date was originally May 31 but Powell said the state would extend it because of an unforeseen delay. He said the startup was delayed because of the weight limit placed on the portion of the local road that offers access to the pier.

The work on the pier this year will be followed next spring by the replacement of the cribwork on the western side of the pier, if funds become available, according to Powell. He said that side was not quite as bad as the other sides, but it is starting to show some rot.

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