The work to get rid of a big gravel bar at Albany’s Takena Landing boat ramp on the Willamette River was going on this morning, as you can see in the video.
The city had contracted with R.L. Reimers Co. to do the heavy lifting required. Under a permit from the state, the job had to be completed by Sept. 29.
As it turned out, the gravel should be gone by the end of Friday. The crew started Wednesday, building a temporary coffer dam to slow the river current, and surrounding the work site with a barrier to contain sediment. This morning they were taking out the huge bags of rock making up the dam as they were excavating the gravel bar itself.
People from the city were keeping an eye on the work and recording the work with a drone. As for me, not having a drone, I hoofed it up the normally closed sidewalk on the east side of the Ellsworth Street bridge to get some pictures from above the gravel operation. As you can see, I managed it without dropping my phone into the river below. (hh)