Crews today finished removing the 185-ton dock that washed ashore in December near La Push. The dock had been washed out to sea during the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.
Workers from The Undersea Co. of Port Townsend, removed the last of the dock’s concrete and plastic foam from the beach and the inland landing site. The dock came ashore on Olympic National Park land north of the mouth of the Hoh River.
The work, which began on March 17, was was challenging.
“Imagine opening up a 185-ton concrete package filled with foam packing peanuts while standing near a helicopter on an extremely remote coastline,” John Nesset, company president and C.E.O., said in a news release.
To ensure contractor and visitor safety, the coastal area of the park between Goodman Creek and Jefferson Cove had been closed to public entry. The area has now been reopened, park officials said.
The $628,000 cost for the removal effort was paid by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the national park, and with funds provided to NOAA from the government of Japan to help with cleanup of marine debris from the tsunami.