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August 8, 2014
Coquille Point South Stair to Temporarily Re-open August 8
Coquille Point South Stairway to Re-open Temporarily Following Structural Engineering Report

Bandon, Ore. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service re-opened the south staircase at Coquille Point today following the advice of a structural engineering firm. The stairway was closed July 23 after an inspection revealed that the stairs had suffered further structural problems as a result of geologic shifting on the point. During the two week closure, the path and second set of stairs on the north end of Coquille Point at the end of 8th street remained open, allowing Coquille Point visitors to access the beach. A thorough inspection on July 31 by a structural engineering firm hired by the USFWS has determined that the staircase can be re-opened for the remainder of the summer unless significant movement is detected.

Visible, weatherproof movement indicators will be installed across all joints on the stairs and monitored for movement on a weekly basis and after any measurable rain event. Movement of any joints more than 1/4" will require permanent closure of the stairs. The stairs must also be closed prior to any "significant" forecasted rain event. On November 1st, the stairs will be closed indefinitely until a more detailed structural and geotechnical investigation is conducted and a long term maintenance or replacement plan is developed.

“The safety of refuge visitors and employees continues to be our top priority,” said Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex which manages Coquille Point. “We are very sorry for the inconvenience this closure has created for visitors to Coquille Point. I can assure visitors that we will seek expertise and funding to either repair or replace the stairs so we can continue to give visitors easy access to the beach.”

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:28 AM in Category: Oregon Islands NWR
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