Parts of Fort Stevens State Park, in the state of Oregon, will be closed over the next few weeks due to the ongoing Columbia River jetty system rehabilitation project.
According to the Army Corps’ Portland District, South Jetty rehab will temporarily close the observation tower at Lot “C” until further notice.
“Heavy equipment performing federally-funded repairs near the tower poses a risk to public safety so USACE is closing entry to it and to nearby dune trails, which lead to the jetty and beach,” announced the Corps.
They also added that the contractor repairing the jetty will install fencing and signage to communicate construction danger and permissible public access.
As construction continues landward, the public will also lose access to the Oregon Coast Trail from Lot “C.” The public will be able to access the coastal trail through Lot “B.”
The Corps constructed the Mouth of the Columbia River jetty system between 1885 and 1939. The system consists of three rubble-mound jetties: North Jetty, South Jetty and Jetty A.
The jetties, which together total 9.7 miles in length, minimize navigation channel maintenance and make passage safer for vessels transiting between the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River.