Engineers Will Come Here Soon To Make Probings
Work will be Preliminary to award of Dredging Contract
Construction of a float from which engineers may make probings of the bottom of the Oswego river, which is to be dredged under a contract to be awarded late this autumn, will be started this week under direction of Waveland S. FitzSimmons, resident engineer in charge of rivers and harbors work in Oswego harbor.
A party of engineers from the Buffalo district office is expected within a few days, or as soon as the float is in readiness to start the probing on which specifications for the dredging work will be based. It is necessary to get an accurate picture of the bottom of the river to determine how much rock must be removed before any contract may be advertised, engineers said and this will entail intensive probing on 10 foot centers, through the entire area.
This contract will include removal of the two islands in the lower river, and dredging to 21 feet least depth from the end of the present east breakwater surround Grampus Bay, as far up the river as the north side of Seneca street extended. There is at least depth of 14 feet throughout the area, except in some spots where silt may have been carried down by the river and deposited in soft banks, and there is a large quantity of bed rock to be blasted and dredged.
The engineers believe that the contractor securing the contract will be able to work most of the winter months, at least in the drilling and blasting, if not on the actual dredging, although it is believed also that winter work on removal of the islands may be carried on successfully with little interruption from the weather, as Grampus Bay is to be filled in and this area would make a convenient spoiling point. Under the same contract it is planned to remove the west end of the Ontario and Western Railway terminal dock, which extends into the river, and to bring the face of that wharf parallel to the other docks along the east side of the river, although negotiations to arrange for this phase of the work are still pending, and have not come to a head, due to failure of the city, the U.S. engineers and the U. S. Coast guard authorities to come to an agreement on location of a Coast Guard station.
Bids for the dredging contract will probably be advertised by October, although the date depends upon the time required to complete the detailed surveys. A corporation which has been organized to construct a grain elevator on the Grampus Bay property is awaiting award of the contract by the government before starting its construction activities, but it is believed, from communications received by the Harbor and Dock Commission, the company can start construction of the wharf face late this fall.