Port of Port Townsend holding up payment on Hudson Point Marina project

PORT TOWNSEND – Port of Port Townsend staff and Hudson Point Marina engineering representatives on Monday categorized a “punch list” of about 24 work items to be done before the port can pay the contractor.

“There’s still issues,” said port Executive Director Larry Crockett.

“I think we’re several months from signing the substantially complete certificate.”

Crockett and other port staffers met with marina project engineers from the firm Reid Middleton on Monday, going over a list of work needing to be completed – the biggest of which is finishing marina dredging, Crockett said.

The other major issue, a fire-protection system to the new marina docks, has been given fire marshal approval, said Crockett, after water piping withstood a two-hour pressure test of 200 pounds per square inch.

Reid Middleton was to finalize the punch list by Friday for the port, Crockett said.

Others work issues with the contractor, Port Gamble-based Caicos Corp., include steel reinforcement brackets for 70-foot boat-slip fingers, he said.

The matter will be discussed at a port commissioners meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the commissioners chambers, 375 Hudson St., Port Townsend.

“Until then, we’re holding the final payment and have their $3.8 million performance bond,” Crockett said, adding that if Caicos could not do the work then the port would attach the cost of another crew to its bond.

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