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Swift currents delay fishing pier installation in Sharpsburg

Mary Ann Thomas
| Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

Swift currents on the Allegheny River, weather and other factors are causing delays to install the new fishing pier at the 13th Street boat ramp area.

In September, Sharpsburg Council awarded an $111,000 contract to Pampena Landscaping for the construction of the 30-foot-long, T-shaped pier that is accessible to people with disabilities.

"It's essential that we take our time with the installation process to ensure that the pier is correctly installed," Councilman Matthew Rudzki said.

The borough will not lose grant funds because of the delays, he said. The borough secured grants totaling about $110,000 from the state, Allegheny County and the Port of Pittsburgh for the pier.

Officials are waiting for contractor's final schedule, according to Bob Zischkau, a consulting engineer to the borough.

The components of the fishing pier were fabricated in North Carolina and have been shipped, Zischkau said.

"As soon as the water recedes, they will mobilize and make the installation," Zischkau said. "They cannot install pilings in the swift current," he said. "However, the contractor can work in cold weather and snowy conditions.

"The wait will be well worth the end result," Rudzki said, "and will provide many years of great fishing, bird watching and relaxing along the river in the borough."

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