Port Angeles: New Coast Guard dock to improve emergency response

PORT ANGELES — A new dock planned for the Coast Guard’s Ediz Hook station will provide room for more station boats to improve the agency’s ability to respond to emergencies.

The 120-foot by 8-foot concrete dock will harbor two or three fast response boats on the northeast corner of the T-Pier at the Coast Guard station on Ediz Hook, Coast Guard officials said.

It also could be home to a third 87-foot cutter in October 2005.

Other projects under way at the Coast Guard station include building 2,000 square feet of office space, relocating fuel tanks and resurfacing the Air Station’s 4,500-foot runway.

Already docking at the Coast Guard station are the 87-foot cutters Adelie and Wahoo, the 110-foot cutter Cuttyhunk and 210-foot cutter Active.

“Right now, the closest response stations are Neah Bay and Bellingham. This will provide faster response for boating emergencies in the Port Angeles area,” said Lt. Commander Todd Coggeshall, Group Support Officer for Coast Guard Port Angeles.

The project is in the design phase. An environmental impact study will begin at the end of July, Coggeshall said.

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The rest of the story appears in the Monday Peninsula Daily News.

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