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The USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) letter of approval for the boat dock replacement was received by the City Manager, Stephen Ashley, in October. The two floating docks and two interconnecting gangways have been ordered and are expected to be delivered before the first week of December barring any shortage of materials. Immediately after delivery is made and depending on weather conditions, installation construction is planned to commence by a local marine contractor with a target for completion date of early January.
The completion of this project will highlight what has turned into a sixteen-month long project. First, last September, the OP City PARC Committee established a “Boat Dock Subcommittee” to determine an appropriate design that would accommodate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance with a budget cost for an appropriate upgrade replacement for the existing fifty-foot static dock. An extended 104’ floating dock system was selected due to the large seasonal fluctuations of the Lewisville Lake surface level. The existing dock was available for use at water lake elevations between MSL 525’ and MSL 521’. The new dock will extend periods of safe availability of the dock for when the water elevations at the concrete boat launch ramp is between approximately MSL 525’ (top of ramp) to MSL 514’ (bottom of ramp). In the meantime, the existing boat dock was destroyed during a January storm. Several separate applications were required to various USACE departments in Fort Worth with the last application submitted the first week of February. Approval was delayed due to the unique “licensing” agreement the City of Oak Point has with USACE for operating the dock on USACE land, as do most similar municipal facilities around Lake Lewisville being leased. It was furthered delayed due to the Real Estate department of USACE being ordered, for a time, to prioritize their work only for the Mexican border wall.