Repairs to the North Jetty in the Port of Coos Bay will be included in the federal budget.
The port said it was notified by U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio that the Army Corps of Engineers would set aside $32.7 million in the fiscal year 2022 disaster relief supplemental appropriations work plan for the repairs. The jetty has been losing about 20 feet annually, a total estimated loss so far of about 900 feet since the original construction design, completed in 1929.
The project involves adding about 120 feet to 150 feet in length, stabilizing the head of the jetty and adding rock to its trunk and root to strengthen the structure, according to the port.
“Our jetties serve as the protectors of the mouths of our harbors and are necessary to ensure the safety of our bar crossings,” port CEO John Burns said. “Thanks to Chairman DeFazio’s long-standing fortitude and commitment to champion repair of the North Jetty, safety in navigation in the Coos Bay harbor will be greatly improved.”