Port of Coupeville projects finally move forward

After three years, permits were granted to replace and repair degraded caps and piles at the wharf.

After three years, long-planned rehabilitation projects are finally moving forward at Coupeville’s historic wharf.

Permits were granted to the Port of Coupeville to replace and repair degraded caps and piles that make up the wharf’s substructure at the end of year, three years to the date after port officials applied for them.

Port Executive Director Chris Michalopoulos said the cap and pile project will cost around $1.4 million, with construction to be completed by fall or winter of this year.

The port also has permits to complete a roof replacement. Michalopoulos told port commissioners at a meeting last week that the installation of the new metal shingles will cost around $400,000.

The project goes out to bid this week and will be completed this spring. Michalopoulos estimated a 60 to 90 day construction period.

The port received two grants from the state Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation totaling around $635,000 that will go toward the reroofing and the cap and pile rehabilitation.