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Woods Hole Terminal Reconstruction Project

November 9, 2018 Update

Jay Cashman Inc. completed dredging the western portions of new Slip #3 to its design depth up to the old deadman piles, filling two scows with dredge materials in the process. Cashman continues to have difficulty removing the old deadman piles but continued installing the deadman wall and tie rods for the new bulkhead and backfilled the area. The pile driving equipment for the monopiles was loaded onto the barge and was assembled. The old bulkhead steel was loaded on a barge for disposal in New Bedford.

Next week, Cashman will continue work on the demolition of the old deadman piles and the old bulkhead along the north side of the wharf. Cashman will excavate for the next length of new bulkhead and drive the new sheet piles. They will also excavate the areas west of the newly completed bulkhead on the water side. We expect delivery of the falsework for the monopiles, and Cashman will start erecting this falsework in order to drive the first three monopiles. We are also expecting the 96-inch monopiles to arrive from Philadelphia by barge. Lawrence Lynch Corp. continues to support Cashman with fill materials as needed and they are removing excavated materials.

October 16, 2018 Presentation

To view recent images of the Woods Hole Terminal Reconstruction project, please click on the links below. These images were presented at the Steamship's recent board meeting on October 16.

10.16.18Presentation1

10.16.18Presentation2

October 12, 2018 Update

This week, Jay Cashman Inc. continued with the wharf bulkhead demolition, removing the west-facing fenders and the first layer of sheet piles on that face. The company will set up a turbidity curtain inside the excavation area to contain debris. The sheet piles for the new bulkhead arrived this week and Cashman began driving the new bulkhead sheet piles.

Next week, Cashman will continue demolition of the old bulkhead. They expect to clear out the west face of the old wharf. Cashman will continue driving the new sheet pile bulkhead and they will install a “deadman wall” and the tie back rods that connect the bulkhead to the deadman. Lawrence Lynch Corp. will continue to support Cashman with fill materials as needed.

October 9 & 10, 2018 Presentation to Public

The link below provide an update on the preliminary design of the new terminal building that will be located at the site. Architecture firm BIA.studio (formerly Bertaux + Iwerks) and SSA Managers presented this update to the public in Falmouth and in Vineyard Haven.

Public Presentation October 2018

September 14, 2018 Update on design of new terminal:

The links below provide an update on the preliminary design of the new terminal building that will be located at the site. Architecture firm BIA.studio (formerly Bertaux + Iwerks) made presentations in August 2018 to the Port Council and Authority Board on the latest version of the terminal design.

Temporary Passenger Platform Canopy
Site Plan
Building Plans
Elevations 1
Elevations 2
Seasonal Shading at Plaza
Design Development
Circulation Plan - Entering
Circulation Plan - Exiting

In late September or October, the Steamship Authority will schedule community presentations on the design.

Phases 2 through 4 (Waterside Work) of the Terminal Reconstruction Project

At a special Board meeting on December 5, 2017, the SSA’s Board awarded the marine construction contract for the waterside work that will be completed in Phases 2 through 4 of the project to Jay Cashman, Inc., of Quincy, Massachusetts, for the Total Contract Price of $43,143,280.  As a result, we have now begun Phase 2 of our multi-year, phased construction project that will result in the complete reconstruction of our Woods Hole ferry terminal over the next six years.

The overall project entails the phased demolition of all of the existing waterfront structures that include the current three ferry slips and supporting utilities to be replaced with three new ferry slips, two passenger loading piers, and comprehensive utility and stormwater management improvements. Following the waterside construction, landside improvements include site re-grading, a new ferry terminal building and equipment storage building, bus berths and overall reconstruction of site utilities and vehicle accommodations.

Because we want to minimize the potential impact of the project’s construction activities on our own operations and adjacent property owners and local businesses, most of the onsite work will be accomplished in phases during “off-seasons” that will run from early September through mid-May each year.  Only one slip will be reconstructed at a time to ensure that we will always have two slips available to maintain our regular ferry service.  During each summer season, we will also have the third slip available so that we can berth three vessels at the terminal.  All construction activity at the terminal site will effectively cease during each summer season except for limited activity that does not have a material impact on either our operations or the Woods Hole community.

The first slip that will be reconstructed is Slip 3, which is the slip closest to the village and next to the Naushon Trust dock.  During Phase 2 of the project, it will be repositioned southwest so that its transfer bridge is located pretty much where the northwest side of the current ticket office is.  To accomplish this, we first need to reroute the power service for the slip, which comes out of the existing ticket office, and then demolish the existing ticket office and excavate the western portion of the wharf.  We will also remove the existing passenger loading/unloading systems on the wharf to the area between existing Slips 1 and 2, where we will construct a temporary passenger loading/unloading system next spring.

After the existing terminal building is demolished, we will begin excavating the building’s foundation and a portion of the wharf to allow for the docking of our ferries at that location.  By the commencement of the 2018 summer season, we expect to have excavated the building’s foundation but not to have had sufficient time to complete the excavation of the wharf.  The excavation will then continue next fall and all of the remaining work in Phase 2 of the project to construct the new Slip 3 will be completed during the two following off-seasons (September 2018 through May 2019 and September 2019 through May 2020).

You can click on the links below to see the following documents relating to these phases of the project:

  • A satellite photograph of the terminal prior to construction, and then a feasibility phase drawing of the site plan for the reconstructed terminal superimposed over the photograph.  Satellite Photograph & Site Plan

  • Drawings showing what demolition and construction work is going to be accomplished during each phase of the Waterside Work (Phases 2 through 4).  Phase 2  Phase 3  Phase 4

  • Drawings of the three reconstructed ferry slips, including a drawing showing their different elevations.  Ferry Slip Drawings

  • Renderings that show different perspectives of the three reconstructed ferry slips.  Ferry Slip Perspective Renderings

  • A July 2017 schematic design phase drawing of the site plan for the reconstructed terminal.  Schematic Design Phase Site Plan