Council OKs $98,000 bid to finish coal dock railing

Work on long-sought safety measure expected to be finished in August

A worker took a break from installing railing in Port Washington's Coal Dock Park last year. The last phase of the project, which will extend the railing the full length of the promenade, is to be completed in August. Press file photo
Ozaukee Press staff

The last segment of the railing along the Coal Dock Park promenade will be installed at the end of July, Port Washington Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said Tuesday.

That news comes after the Common Council last week approved a $98,000 bid for the work from Janke General Contractors Inc.

The bid was the lower of two received for the work, Vanden Noven said. The other, from Badger Railing, was for $115,400.

Badger Railing had installed the most recent portion of the railing, prompting Ald. Mike Gasper to ask whether there were concerns about matching the segments.

No, said Vanden Noven, noting that several firms have installed the railing from the marina to Coal Dock Park.

“The specifications are identical,” he noted.

Vanden Noven said installation of the railing along the eastern 522 feet of the promenade will be completed by Aug. 14.

Since Coal Dock Park opened four years ago, residents and members of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board have advocated for a railing along the promenade, saying it is an essential safety device in an area where there’s nothing to prevent someone from falling off the dock into the harbor, where strong currents are common.

The city installed the roughly 500 feet of railing along the west end of the promenade last summer.

The city had been expected to approve the contract for the remaining portion of the railing last month, but a snafu required the city to rebid the project. 

The bulk of the cost of the railing will be paid for with a $45,000 Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails grant and a $13,000 donation from Be-3, a local fitness group.

The remainder of the money will be borrowed by the city.


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