The Oak Harbor waterfront skyline will be changing in a couple of weeks.
The 167-foot crane that has loomed over Oak Harbor’s downtown since May 2016 is scheduled to be disassembled on Feb. 1 and 2.
The city leased the crane from Morrow Equipment Company to help with building the city’s new sewage treatment plant. It’s currently lit with LED lights, which were wrapped around the crane for Christmas; the city and the contractor split the cost of the lights.
“Everybody in town seemed to love it,” said Brett Arvidson, project engineer.
Arvidson explained that the large crane was designed to work in confined spaces and move large loads around quickly, which is what the city’s project needed. Its horizontal reach, he said, is 274 feet.
“It’s a very fast machine,” he said.
It’s also very expensive. It’s no longer vital to the project, Arvidson explained, and will be replaced by a smaller, mobile, 90-ton crane.
The large crane is designed to be disassembled, Arvidson said, but the process is intricate. Two other cranes — one big, one small — will be brought in to take apart the giant. It will come down in pieces and fill about 30 trucks.
“It’s quite interesting to watch,” he said.
But don’t get too close. City Beach Street will be blocked off during the process. Arvidson advises those who want to watch to do so from Pioneer Way or Beeksma Drive.
Arvidson predicts that some people will miss the giant contraption.
“I’ve kind of gotten used to it,” he said.