Eagle Tower Replacement Project Delayed

It looks as though it’s going to take a little longer to take down Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park near Fish Creek. The Department of Natural Resources had said the deconstruction project for the 75-foot observation tower would begin in mid-July, but now says that won’t happen until mid-September. The state agency said difficulty in obtaining an experienced contractor with the proper equipment has slowed down the process. The tower remains closed. Concern for public safety due to faulty structural integrity led to the initial closure in May of 2015. An inspection revealed significant deterioration of the structural and non-structural wood members. Current plans call for disassembling the tower and replacing it with a new structure to look as similar as possible while complying with the required codes and taking advantage of new technologies. The Friends of Peninsula State Park and interested citizens have formed the Eagle Tower Fund Committee which is raising money to help rebuild the structure. Progress reports on Eagle Tower can be found at dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula/eagletower.html.

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