WARRENTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds the public that repairs to the south jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River resumed in early May and urges the public to be cautious near the construction site during the summer recreation season.

The site, at Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton, is secured by fencing to limit access, according to Kiewit Pacific, the Vancouver, Wash., company that was contracted by the Corps of Engineers to repair the jetty.

The contractor will place 73,000 tons of rock over a 3,100-foot section of the south jetty during the next five months. Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

During construction, parking lot "C" at Fort Stevens State Park is partially closed, but visitors may still use the parking lot to gain access to the observation tower. Drivers are urged to use caution when traveling near the park and are reminded to yield the right-of-way to trucks hauling jetty stone through the state park. The posted speed limit will be enforced.

"There is a lot of heavy equipment moving through the park and around the construction site, which makes it a very dangerous place," said Lance Helwig, project manager for the Corps of Engineers. "From the observation tower, visitors can watch the operation in safety at parking lot 'C' in Fort Stevens State Park."

Visitors can watch the jetty stones being loaded for transport out to the end of the jetty about 2 miles offshore.

The Oregon Sate Police will cite unauthorized people who enter the construction site, said OSP's Astoria area commander Lt. Duane Stanton. Violators may be prosecuted for criminal trespass, punishable by a fine of up to $1,250 and up to 30 days in jail.

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