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‘Oily sheen’ shifts work at City Dock in Fredericksburg

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The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was submitting samples Thursday of an “oily sheen” discovered while working at the City Dock in Fredericksburg.

A crew was digging the foundation for footers for a boat ramp on Wednesday when it ran into the oily substance, said Phil Lownes, the department’s director of capital programs.

Samples were being submitted for testing to the state Department of Environmental Quality in Woodbridge. Results are expected by Monday, Lownes said.

“We fully believe it is from rotting vegetation,” he said.

Work is continuing in other areas until the oily sheen is identified, Lownes said.

Richmond-based Harbor Dredge & Dock was hired to handle the roughly $200,000 project, which includes building three fishing piers that are accessible to people with disabilities.

The crew is also extending the two boat ramps by 10 feet and installing a walkway along the river leading to the three new piers.

Two new disabled-parking spaces are being added, one of which will include space for a vehicle with a boat trailer.

Work began on July 7 and closed access to the boat launch ramp and a portion of the parking at City Dock, which is located along Sophia Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

The goal is to have the project finished by Labor Day.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972

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