Island Beach to reopen June 28

People anxious to get out on the ferry have had to wait a little while longer this year, but they can get ready to soak up the sun again on June 28 when Greenwich’s Island Beach is expected to open.

The delayed opening is due to the ongoing repairs to the dock structure as a direct result of last year’s Superstorm Sandy. An estimated $1.7 million in damage occurred on Island Beach in October and the main pier structure, ramps, concrete sea walls and walkways were all severely damaged and/or destroyed.

Director of Parks and Recreation Joseph Siciliano stated, “The delay in the completion of the Island Beach project is due to the demand and backlog in the delivery of structural timbers, decking and a custom aluminum ramp necessary to complete the work. Mohawk Northeast Inc. the town’s marine contractor, has been proactively working to procure the needed materials for completion.”

In December of 2012, Roberge Associates Coastal Engineers, LLC completed a Damage Assessment Report as the first step in identifying the extent of damage and funding necessary to restore the town’s facilities. An application for funding was approved by the Board of Estimate and Taxation on Dec. 17, 2012. The Representative Town Meeting approved the funding on Jan. 2.

Construction drawings and specifications were produced in February. The pricing and bid summary review were completed in March and a contract was issued to Mohawk Northeast on March 22.

The first pre-construction meeting took place with Mohawk on March 26 and subsequently the work commenced. All available town marine and facility personnel have been working in conjunction with Mohawk, six days per week.

A meeting with Parks and Recreation personnel and representatives from Mohawk Northeast and Roberge Associates took place to address the back order of materials and to determine a revised schedule of completion.

“The only way for this project to move faster is to get the materials in our hands for installation,” Mr. Siciliano said.

The department will provide ferry rides around the harbor departing from the Arch Street dock following the posted Island Beach ferry schedule. This will give passengers a glimpse of Island Beach and the ongoing construction at no cost to residents with a valid 2013 Park Pass. Parking and ferry fees apply to all others.

Great Captain Island will be open on schedule for Saturday, June 8 and a ferry schedule will also be posted for it at the dock.

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