DNR Begins Effort to Rebuild Eagle Tower

Efforts to rebuild the Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park are underway with plans in place to deconstruct the structure and a partnership formed to raise funds for constructing a new tower. The park closed the 75-foot observation platform in May of 2015 to protect public safety after an inspection report raised significant concerns over its structural integrity. In a statement issued Monday, the Department of Natural Resources said it will oversee the technical procedures regarding Eagle Tower, beginning with laser imaging that will produce as-built drawings of the structure that currently do not exist. Beginning in mid to late July, the tower will be taken down in three sections making all practical efforts to minimize destruction of tower members. A crane will remove each section, which will then be further taken apart by hand on the ground. Staff from the forest products lab will assess all remaining wood elements to determine the existing structural integrity and level of deterioration. The deconstruction and assessment work may require a temporary traffic rerouting of a section of Shore Road within the park close to the tower, as well as some trails nearby. However, the park will provide opportunities for visitors to view the deconstruction process.

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