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Woods Hole Terminal Reconstruction Project

To report concerns about construction or environmental issues concerning the Woods Hole Terminal Reconstruction Project. Please call 508-289-4419 to be connected with either Bill Cloutier or another Authority staff member, should you have a concern that needs immediate attention. As always, you can also email Bill at or call his office during work hours at 508-548-5011, ext. 429.

Steamship Authority releases revised terminal design options

At its March 19, 2019 Board meeting, the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority released three design options under considerating for its Woods Hole terminal building. 

View and download the presentation here: March 19, 2019 Woods Hole Terminal presentation on design alternatives

Public sessions scheduled on revised Woods Hole terminal design options

The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority is providing several opportunities for members of the public to view and offer feedback on revised design options for the Woods Hole terminal building that will be constructed as part of the terminal reconstruction project currently in progress.

The three design options under consideration will be presented to the Authority’s Board at its meeting scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Authority’s administrative offices, 228 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth. The revised design options also will be posted on the Authority’s Woods Hole Terminal Reconstruction Project webpage,, following Tuesday’s Board meeting.

Two public presentations on the design options have also been scheduled:

  • 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 in the Falmouth High School Auditorium, 874 Gifford Street, Falmouth.
  • 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Katharine Cornell Theater, Tisbury Town Hall, 51 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven.

Additionally, members of the public will be able to submit written comments by April 12, 2019 via email to or by U.S. mail to the Steamship Authority, Attn: Woods Hole Terminal Designs, 228 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02540.

Following the public sessions, the Steamship Authority and its Board Members will review the comments it has received and incorporate them into the decision-making process for determining the building’s design.

March 8, 2019 Update

Jay Cashman Inc. will complete driving the piles for the transfer bridge and the utility platform by the end of the week. They have also tested the use of “spin fin” piles to see if we can shorten the lengths of the piles we need for the future phases of the project.

Next week, Cashman will drive temporary 30-inch diameter piles to support a trestle for the construction of the passenger platform located south of the new Slip No. 3. They will also construct the utility platform for Slip No. 3. Lawrence Lynch Corp. will mobilize onsite and start installing the stormwater drainage piping.

Robert B. Our Co. was back onsite excavating large pits in the Woods Hole employee lot for the vacuum tanks for the ferry sewage pump-out system.


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.



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 (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 (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

Related documents

Chapter 91 license

Chapter 91 license - recommended final decision

Falmouth Conservation Commission Order of Conditions

ENF Certificate

Environmental Notification Form (WARNING: large file)

2014 Feasbility Study 

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