WARRENTON, Ore. - Officials from both sides of the Columbia River gathered near the South Jetty Friday to celebrate the completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' interim repairs to both jetties at the mouth of the river.

The $30 million in repairs to the two jetties were needed to halt extensive erosion of the rock structures and preserve the river's navigability. However, the repairs, which began in 2005, are only designed to last eight to 10 years. The project completion event also marked the beginning of an effort to rehabilitate the aging North and South jetties.

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