A spokesman for the contractor the city of Bend hired to dredge Mirror Pond said the work on the project should resume by Monday, despite another delay in finding a replacement engine for the disabled dredge.
Meanwhile, a city official said he was still optimistic that the project would be finished by the July 31 deadline set by the state Land Board.
Dick Turnow of Bend, project superintendent for the Salem-based Sandau Dredging, said the company is bringing in a rebuilt, 16-cylinder diesel engine with a full warranty from Phoenix, Ariz.
It will replace one that failed April 30, only five days after the dredge began operating. The rebuilt engine was to have left Phoenix Tuesday, Turnow said.
After the breakdown, the company ordered a replacement engine from a company in Hibbing, Minn. But when it arrived earlier this month, it was discovered to be the wrong engine.
After contacting the supplier, the right engine was located and shipped to Salem, where it arrived the middle of last week, Turnow said.
But after mechanics “tore into it” and found it had undergone much wear and tear, the company decided not to use it, he said.
Once a few minor modifications are made to the new engine and it is shipped to Bend, “We’ll have it together and hooked back up in a day,” Turnow said. “We hope to be going by Monday.”
City Manager Art Johnson said he’s not overly concerned about the delay yet.
“Of course, we wish we wouldn’t have the delay. We would like to get the project accomplished. And I feel sorry for the contractor,” he said. “But we still have until July 31. I’m optimistic we’re going to get the job done (by that date).”
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