- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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CLAYTON — The first weeks of summer have come and gone without the much-awaited opening of the town’s transient docks, but town officials are hopeful they could open for public use this season.

“Until everything is in place and the boats can safely access the docks, we can’t say the exact date they will open,” Town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor said.

Mr. Taylor said the town could be able to open the docks by the end of the summer, but the wave attenuator and the overlook and riverwalk development won’t be completed until at least October.

“We can’t complete the overlook and the amenities until the wave attenuator is complete,” he said.

In June, when the wave attenuators initially were installed, some of the 15 panels suffered damage from high wind and waves. The panels had been placed temporarily but not permanently fastened.

Before the wave attenuator was damaged, Mr. Taylor said, the town had hoped to open the docks by July.

“The floating docks are 95 percent complete and it will be the first component that we open,” he said.

He said work is expected to begin on the wave attenuator in August and could be completed as soon as October or early November.

The wave attenuator was designed by Moffatt & Nichol Engineers of Baltimore, Md., and Tioga Construction of Herkimer is building the breakwall to reduce the intensity of waves where a floating dock with 48 transient slips is planned. Connected to the shore, the breakwall will be 12 feet wide and include three transient dock slips to accommodate boats up to 60 feet long.

Mr. Taylor said designs for the attenuator had to be redrawn and they were approved by the Town Council. He said all additional work for the wave attenuator will be done at no cost to the town.

The completion of the docks also has been stalled over the past two years because of contract negotiations and other delays.

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