Construction of the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility continues to make progress. Unfortunately, the launch ramp is expected to remain closed to the public throughout the month of August. The Port of San Diego recognizes that this extended closure impacts boaters during the busy summer season, but due to unforeseen concrete obstructions and other materials that were recently 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. Most of the subgrade for the new ramp has been completed and the contractor is installing the concrete framework and steel reinforcement. The contractor is currently preparing the area for the placement of the new concrete boat ramp, which is scheduled to begin in early August.
Other upcoming construction milestones include the installation of the floating docks and gangways on the east side of the ramp, scheduled for early August.
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 potential impacts to the project.
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 east floating docks and gangways are installed.
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. Additional construction updates will be provided in mid-August.
Please visit portofsandiego.org/sibl for more information and for a list of alternate boat launches.