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Woods Hole Ferry Terminal Reconstruction Project

Posted: March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018 Update

During this past week the contractor that demolished the old terminal building worked on removing the debris pile from the site.  They had hoped to complete this work by today, but the winter storm this past week has caused their work to extend into Tuesday of next week. 

The electrical contractor spent the week cleaning up details related to all the electrical changes required for us to be able to continue operating in the slips during construction, such as making final connections to all the lights and strobes on the wharf.  They will be demobilizing next week as well.

Yesterday Jay Cashman told us that they hoped to mobilize their equipment and materials this weekend by barge from Quincy to start their work excavating the wharf.  But when we advised them that the forecast indicated that there will be rough sea conditions this weekend, they decided to leave last night and arrived at the terminal this morning.  Indeed, you may have seen the barge arrive around 10:00 this morning loaded with three excavators and one large crane.  Next week they will begin the demolition of the foundation slab for the demolished terminal building, while Lawrence Lynch will begin excavating and removing soils from the wharf area, including the contaminated soils that have been previously identified in earlier site surveys.  This work will be done under the supervision of a Licensed Site Professional (LSP). 

Next week Cashman also plans to disassemble the existing passenger ramps and platform on the wharf, and prepare the new area for their relocation between Slips 1 & 2, including pouring a new slab foundation for them at that new location.  The work necessary to relocated the ramps and platform is expected to continue for the next two weeks, with a targeted completion date of Friday, March 30th. 

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