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When will the Castle Street boat ramp in Wilmington be repaired?

K.J. Williams

Repair work on Wilmington’s public access boat ramp at the end of Castle Street could start in early 2010 and be completed by April 2010, a city official says.

Signs have been posted since 2007 warning boaters of the drop-off at the end of the ramp, which can dip to 3 feet at low tide. Richard King, the city’s director of public services, said design work is under way to fix the drop-off and the boat ramp’s cracked concrete beams.

Previously, the city council appropriated $50,000 for the design work, and the approved city budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 includes $400,000 for repairs, he added.

The ramp was built in 1986. The Cape Fear River’s fast-moving currents eroded the concrete beams and created the drop that boaters say can damage trailers at low tide and make it difficult to get boats out of the river. Last year’s proposed plan to use old granite curbing to level the drop as a temporary fix wasn’t feasible, King said.

Repair work will temporarily close the ramp two to three months, he said.

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3 Responses to “ When will the Castle Street boat ramp in Wilmington be repaired?”

  1. On July 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm David Puskas wrote:

    Any idea when they plan on finishing this project??

  2. On July 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm Jim Ware wrote:

    Thanks for using MyReporter.com. Your question has been assigned to a reporter. When we know the answer, we’ll post it as a reply to this question.

  3. On July 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm Jim Ware wrote:

    The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2010, city of Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.
    In 2009, city officials said it would be done by April 2010. Talbert said some design changes and “construction setbacks” contributed to push back the completion date.
    Talbert said the boat ramp project has two components: the cleanup of a former industrial site and the improvement of the Dram Tree Park and boat launch.
    “The city and Progress Energy are working together to clean up the site and rebuild the boat launch, including installing a new parking lot for increased parking and public accessibility,” Talbert said.
    Part of the project area is the site of a former manufactured gas plant that Progress Energy is cleaning up, Talbert said. Meanwhile, “The city was looking to make repairs to the boat ramp on the adjacent site, so the two entities partnered together to do both projects simultaneously, thus minimizing disruptions to the area and closing the boat ramp only once.”
    Work on the boat ramp project began in January 2010. Talbert said the cost to the city is about $622,000, but about $70,000 of that expense was absorbed by the N.C. Wildlife Commission, which is building the floating dock and kayak launch for the city.
    The original boat ramp was built in 1986.
    “This is a complicated project, both because of the difficulty of constructing something in the fast-moving current of the Cape Fear River and because of the amount of environment cleanup needed,” Talbert said. “The partnership between the city and Progress Energy, as well as the assistance from the state Wildlife Commission, has made this a win-win for everyone by improving both the environment and recreational opportunities in the city.”
    — Ken Little

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