In October of last year, the Bridge End Citizen’s Initiative Committee received word the town had been awarded a $151,000 Small Harbor Improvement Program grant from the Maine Department of Transportation.
On Thursday, July 25, the committee held a public hearing. Though only the committee, the press and two selectmen were in attendance, two representatives from Pine Tree Engineering offered a presentation of the plans to build a boat launch and floats.
Jonathan DeWick and Jeremy Prue of Pine Tree Engineering both commended the committee’s chairman, Loring Kydd, for the amount of work Kydd has put into the details of the project.
The boat launch will include an 80-foot paved platform approach, where the former pier landing is, and floats along side pilings.
There were discussions of whether the approach to the ramp would have railings or some other way to help motorists backing up keep on target. As there is one side with a retaining wall, which will allow boats at high tide to pull up to the approach, a railing might impede loading and unloading, said DeWick.
DeWick asked what kind of purposes the ramp would serve. Committee member Brent Morey said the committee wasn’t sure, as there had been no access there before. “There will be one fisherman using it for sure,” said Morey.
The work on the ramp will likely begin in late September or early October, with paving completed next spring.
While the current plans are only for the boat launch, the engineers did reveal a potential parking lot plan and other landscaping improvements that could be done. Kydd said another grant was still being determined that may be able to fund that work.