SUNBURY — More deflating details from DCNR officials as most, if not all, of this year’s sailing season will be wiped out due to delays in fabridam repairs. Shikellamy State Park Site Manager Andrew Leidich said so during a webinar on Tuesday.
He says the marina docks are unlikely to be installed at all this year as repairs to the fabridam continue to be delayed after fall flooding, “Before and during the project this fall, due to tropical storms and tropical depressions that hit the area in a short time, Fred, Henri and Ida, these three events set the stage for a wetter than average fall.
The eight-foot, seven-bag 6 bag replacement project at the fabridam was scheduled to take place last fall. Leidich says there’s still hope for a partial boating season by the end of the summer, as work likely won’t be able to begin until July. But he says the main marina boat launch will be open,
“The boat ramps are always open. However, it will be used at your own risk. So be careful. But small fat-bottomed boats will still be able to use the boat ramp.
However, parking spaces at the main boat launch will be reduced. Park officials may also install the courtesy boat ramp docks, depending on conditions. Leidich says it’s still difficult to estimate whether private docks can be installed.
Additionally, Leidich says there are also delays in creating a gravel road that allows crews to move machinery to the fabridam, and there are other additional works needed, “There is additional work found. Upon removal of bag number six, it was discovered that some of the clamping plates had come loose. But the plates will be inspected and tested later this year when conditions allow. »
Leidich says construction of this gravel road began in mid-September but was quickly delayed due to river levels.