Port Authority boss outlines future

Friday, August 14, 2015

Before leather-gloved steelworkers set vertical steel pilings in place with the help of a crane and vibration hammer, the painters apply a black coating to the pilings that are being used to line the Dock D wall off Helberg Drive.

The paint is applied to the top 15 feet or so of the hefty 56-foot pilings to help curb the oxidation near the water line that leads to rust. The paint is American, the 400 pilings going in along the lengthy stretch of dock made of U.S. steel.

The rehabilitation of long-dormant Docks C and D is well underway. At $17.7 million, it's among the biggest projects ever undertaken by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

Speaking to a roomful of Duluth's business leaders at the Kitchi Gammi Club on Tuesday, Executive Director Vanta Coda called the docks and projects like it the leverage necessary to bring future new business into the port.

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