Shelter Island’s boat launch remains closed through September

Port district says a lane will be open “as soon as construction allows.”

SAN DIEGO — Construction delays continue to mire the redevelopment of Shelter Island Boat Launch Ramp, as the Port of San Diego announced the boating venue will remain closed through September.

Port district staff stated construction work is progressing but delays have not allowed for the ramp to be opened yet to boaters, if even just one lane.

“The Port of San Diego recognizes that this extended closure has impacted boaters during the busy summer season, but due to unforeseen concrete obstructions and other materials that were discovered during construction, it is necessary to keep the ramp closed at this time,” port district staff said in a released statement on Sept. 10. “The contractor is actively working on opening a lane as soon as construction allows.”

The breakwater wall is all but finished, according to port district staff. The contractor used 92 piles and 53 concrete wall panels to complete the breakwater wall. Platforms connecting the floating docks have also been completed, and the new concrete ramp is almost finished, port district staff added.

“The construction team anticipates encountering additional underwater obstructions while installing the guide piles for the floating docks, and a plan is in place to minimize additional impacts to the project’s schedule,” port district staff said. “The public will be able to access the Shelter Island Boat Launch Ramp once the concrete ramp is complete, the temporary cofferdam has been removed and the floating docks and gangways are installed.

“The port is actively managing this project with a goal of opening partial public access in late fall 2018,” port district staff continued. “An update on when the public may access the launch ramp will be provided as soon as possible.”

Port district staff has long contended the new boat launch ramp at Shelter Island will be safer and allow for improved navigability.

“Upgrades include enlarging the maneuvering area in the basin by 80 percent, replacing the worn-out launch ramp, increasing the lengths of the boarding floats, installing public docks, public walkways, adjacent parking and restroom upgrades to current Americans with Disabilities Act Standards,” port district staff stated.

The launch ramp has been closed since May 2017; the rebuild was to be completed by March, yet construction work continues on six months later.

Modernizing the Shelter Island Boat Launch Ramp was funded with $9.6 million in grant funding.

Visit portofsandiego.org/sibl for more information and updates.

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