The Jericho Road boat launch in Scituate was opened last Friday for the first time this season after almost three months of construction on the $400,000 replacement project.
In a project completely paid for by the state’s Office of Fishing and Boating Safety, the entire ramp was torn out and replaced with a new ramp 40-feet longer than the original.
According to Harbormaster Mark Patterson, the elongation will keep boaters from washing away the sand at the end of the ramp, where continual use had created a divot at the end of the concrete.
The state has been working to accrue the funding to replace the ramp over the past five years.
A visit from the Fishing and Boating Safety staff in 2005 prompted the project to be added to the department’s list, yet it has taken until now to make that vision a reality.
According to town officials, who discussed the construction of the ramp at a meeting back in March, the 30-year old ramp had received some patching from the town four years ago, but was still in desperate need of replacement.
Because the launch is open to the general public, the fact that Scituate residents didn’t have to pay for the replacement came as a relief to town officials.
Even better, Patterson said, is that the repair will add to the quality options boaters now have to launch their boats into the water. Before, the only quality option was to use the 35-ton travel lift purchased by the boat yard operator at First Cliff a year ago.
“We now have two first class options for getting people in and out of the water,” Patterson said. “It’s kind of nice, one of them was paid for by the state, and the other was an investment made by the boat owner property.”
Although the construction occurred right at the start of boat launching season, inhibiting boaters from using the area to truck their vessels into the water, residents are pleasd with the improvements.
“Everyone seems very happy with it,” Patterson said.
The boat launch construction took place alongside the construction of the river walk at Cole Parkway. To read more about that project, click here