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Construction impacts city boat launch

Plans to renovate the Arrowhead Pier site and install storm sewers in Billings Park could effect boaters trying to get into the water. Renovation of the Arrowhead Fishing Pier facility is slated to begin Monday. The adjoining boat launch closes u...

Plans to renovate the Arrowhead Pier site and install storm sewers in Billings Park could effect boaters trying to get into the water.

Renovation of the Arrowhead Fishing Pier facility is slated to begin Monday.

The adjoining boat launch closes until the renovation is complete near the end of July.

According to Mark Morgan, Parks & Recreation administrator, Phase 1 of the construction will be performed by RJS Construction Group of Superior. "Phase 1 consists of installing the pilings and caps to support the new pier and dredging a recreational boating channel on the south side of the new pier," she said.

Phase 2, scheduled to begin around June 1, will be completed by M-Z Construction of Linden, Wis.

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The work consists of installing the decking, railing and lighting on the pier, as well as adding a pavilion, restroom, and the new launch.

Morgan said gifts totaling $3,000 for the project have been received from the Douglas County Fish & Game League; the Lake Superior Steelhead Association; the Western Lake Superior Trolling Association; and Muskies Inc., Lake Superior Chapter. In addition, the city secured grant funds from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, the Recreational Boating Facilities Program and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Program to help pay for the $631,000 project.

Boaters will have to use the North 21st Street launch or launches on the Minnesota side of the St. Louis River this spring.

Morgan said installation of the Billings Park storm sewer scheduled to begin around May 10 could impact access to the North 21st Street launch to the west.

"We're advising boaters to approach the North 21st Street launch from Gitchinadji Drive, south of Belknap Street, to avoid construction crews that will be installing sewer and water pipes along the North 21st Street corridor."

The launch will remain open for the season with the exception of one or two days when trenching takes place across North 21st Street, she said.

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