January 21, 2013, KPBJ News
Construction is under way to rebuild the public boat launch at Water Street in downtown Port Orchard.
Recognizing the need for improvements to the facility, the Port of Bremerton partnered with the City of Port Orchard to modernize the ramp and improve lighting in the parking lot. The reconstructed ramp is scheduled to reopen on March 15.
For many years, the Water Street ramp has served recreational boaters and businesses that rely on launching and recovering boats at a convenient, cost-effective and reliable facility. The partnership between the port and the city was key to keeping the ramp operational, with the port owning and maintaining the parking lot and adjacent park, and the city maintaining the ramp and floats.
The Port of Bremerton has taken the lead in financing and managing the current rebuilding project, which has an estimated cost of $402,000. The contractor for the project is Quigg Brothers Inc. of Aberdeen.
The reconstruction will include demolishing the old ramps, removing the old concrete floats and wood piles, building new ramps, and installing new steel piles to hold in place modern aluminum frame floats. The deepwater end of the ramps is being rebuilt to better stand up to tidal and boat prop wash currents.
“We are convinced that this project will reflect a very positive return on investment of tax dollars to the large number of public users who rely on this boat launch year round. Additionally, having a convenient ramp available for boat manufacturers and businesses involved in boat repair will directly support business growth and economic development,” Port District 2 Commissioner Larry Stokes said.