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9:42 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Boyce Drive Boat Landing Faces Construction Delays

Construction of a new boat landing in Rhinelander is facing some delays.

The pier and boat landing at Boyce Drive is partially constructed.
The pier and boat landing at Boyce Drive is partially constructed.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

It’s being built on Boyce Drive at the intersection of the Wisconsin and Pelican Rivers.

As Rhinelander Parks Director Gunder Paulson explains, the delay is due to a mishap a week ago, when construction crews accidentally dropped a prefabricated bathroom as it was being placed in position. 

“It all came in one piece, a pretty good-sized building," Paulson explains.  "All concrete.   And they used a crane, they picked it up off the semi trailer.  He went to set it down, and for whatever reason the last foot was sort of a free fall.”

Paulson says the walls are visibly cracked and it’s not yet clear whether the building will be repaired or replaced. 

The project will include piers, a paved boat landing and a parking lot. 

The project was scheduled for completion at the end of the summer, but Paulson says the mishap could cause an eight week delay. 

Paulson says it’s possible the boat landing could open sooner, with the restrooms getting finished up later. 

The city got $400,000 in federal and state DNR grants to pay for most of the project costs, with the city contributing about $75,000.