In summer of 2003, work began on the Port Angeles graving dock in preparation for construction of the Hood Canal Bridge Project. The discovery of cultural resources at the graving dock construction area resulted in multiple project delays. In December 2004, former Governor Locke and Secretary MacDonald announced that WSDOT would stop pontoon and anchor construction at the graving dock site.
The Port Angeles Remediation Project will remove the elements of the Hood Canal Bridge graving dock construction described in the August 14, 2006, settlement agreement signed by WSDOT, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Port of Port Angeles and Governor Gregoire. The settlement agreement defines specific WSDOT responsibilities for removing the graving dock construction material.
On April 25, 2007, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by WSDOT, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The MOA describes procedures for removing the construction material and includes a site treatment plan specifying techniques of archaeological monitoring and collection that must be observed during the remediation work.
WSDOT is working with all parties to deliver on what we promised in the agreements to remediate the Port Angeles graving dock site. All parties are working together to ensure the site is respected for the history that it holds.
Current Project Activities
The work began on the Port Angeles Remediation Project on June 6, 2007. The remediation work activities include:
- Sheet, pipe and tie-back pile removal
- Concrete slab removal
- Trench drain removal
- Transporting dirt from the Shotwell Recycling Facility back to the graving dock site
Read the Port Angeles Remediation Project bi-weekly status reports: