Bradenton Beach awaits dock repair plans

The wait continues for repairs to Bradenton Beach’s new floating dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

Glenn Warburton, from Delta Engineering, wrote in an Oct. 30 email saying his design for repairs to the gangway — the walkway connecting the pier to the dock — was not finished. In the email sent to public works director Tom Woodard, Warburton said he had expected to complete the plans by the end of the week.

The city closed the dock Oct. 4, which was paid for and is overseen by the community redevelopment agency, because the gangway was pulling away from the pier at the connection. Delta Engineering was hired to design the gangway repair, which Warburton said would involve driving additional pilings to support the walkway.

Warburton had not produced the plans as of Oct. 31.

Meanwhile, wave dispersion and chop in the bay from Tropical Storm Nestor, as well as a dinghy left at the dock during the storm, damaged three rollers, the mechanisms connecting the platform to the support pilings.

So Woodard had Hecker Construction visit the dock Oct. 25 and Oct. 29 to check the dock for loose connections and needed adjustments. Hecker was the contractor the city hired to install the dock earlier this year.

Woodard previously said one of the two types of rollers used for the dock lacks the necessary connection brackets to maintain structural integrity.

To address the issue, Woodard contacted Golden Marine Systems, the contractor hired by the CRA to manufacture a safety ladder for the dock, to get a quote for replacing the rollers.

He will present a quote for CRA consideration at the next meeting, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

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