While construction of the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility project continues to make progress, the launch ramp is expected to remain closed to the public throughout the month of September 2018. The Port of San Diego recognizes that this extended closure has impacted boaters during the busy summer season (and increased activity at other boat launches, including Coronado’s Glorietta Bay), 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. The contractor is actively working on opening a lane as soon as construction allows.
Current progress includes the completion of the breakwater wall, which entailed installation of 92 piles and 53 concrete wall panels, completion of both platforms that will connect to the floating docks, and completion of approximately 80 percent of the new concrete ramp.
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.
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. An update on when the public may access the launch ramp will be provided as soon as possible.
Once completed, the improvements will make the boat launch ramp safer and more navigable. 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.
The Port of San Diego appreciates the public’s patience as we continue with this important public improvement project. Please visit portofsandiego.org/sibl for more information and updates on this project.
Source: Port of San Diego