Houghton City Manager Eric Waara expects sheet pile driving to continue at the new pier throughout the winter. Much like a road, the freeze and thaw process tends to make the ground, and even the piling itself, shift.
Sheet piling is one method used when excavating near water. The material is laid down in a distinctive cell shape, providing a supportive shell when digging begins underground. It helps to stabilize the soil, which becomes malleable due to the high liquid content of the dirt and clay.
Waara says he has had conversations with Michigan Tech regarding repairs to the dock north of the Lakeshore Center.
The platform collapsed in late summer. Work is expected to begin in the springtime.