• Port Facilities Department staff completed the Bridge Lateral Brace project, one of the repair efforts required by ODOT to restore the bridge’s load limits. After successful completion of this and other tasks, the load limits were restored in April.
• A four-day closure of the bridge that was scheduled for May 19-22 has been postponed due to fabrication delays for the wire ropes that were to be replaced for the bridge’s lift span. The work will likely take place in the fall this year, after the conclusion of harvest.
• The Port Commission has resolved to dedicate all bridge toll revenue exclusively to bridge repair and replacement by June 30, 2026. This major change in the Port’s business model will affect all areas of Port operation.
New Cameras were installed for public use and security, viewable on the Port’s website at https://portofhoodriver.com/live-cam-viewer/
• Electrical infrastructure issues have been addressed and the new fuel tank will be up and running soon.
• The Port purchased the Bow Hangar from Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM).
• The North Apron expansion project was completed.
•The Port issued an RFP for architecture and civil engineering services for utility installation, an extension of E. Anchor Way and relocation of N. 1st Street.
• A proposal was approved for a market analysis for Lower Mill Redevelopment Site, funded in part by a grant from Business Oregon.
• The Port completed the installation of a new storm line in front of the Maritime Building to coincide with future improvements the City intends to make.
• The Marina Park Building #1 deck was refurbished.
• Marina Park Building #2 got a new roof and the exterior was painted.
• The Commission has approved a phase-out of boathouses in the Marina. Boathouse tenants were given five years notice of non-renewal of their leases that will time out on January 1, 2026.
• The second rigging area at the Hook has been completed, funded mostly by a Travel Oregon Grant along with contributions from the Columbia Gorge Wind and Water Association (CGW2) and the Port.
• The new Marina boat ramp dock float replacement has been completed. This project was funded by a grant from the Oregon State Marine Board with a contribution from the Port.
• A new waterfront recreation concession was added last summer, Wylde Wind and Water, located on the dock at the Event Site. Local SUP world champion Fiona Wylde (pictured above) is offering kids summer camps for SUP and wing foiling. She is also teaching water safety programs for the Head Start program and local schools.
• The fish wheel on the sandbar is owned by a local Native American tribal member and was once used to fish for shad. Federal treaty rights allow the owner of the device unfettered access to the shores of the Columbia River for fishing. It is not abandoned or derelict therefore in no violation of maritime law. With the help of local recreational users, the owner was able to move the device to a location away from the kiting launch point and is now working on disassembling it.