News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, February 6, 2014
Bridge End project awarded
Work to be finished by end of June

The Bridge End property improvements to be built this spring

The town has awarded a contract for a launch ramp, float system, landscaping and parking improvements at the town-owned Bridge End property to Skip Eaton Paving and Construction.

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by Jessica Brophy

After more than a year of planning and engineering work, a bid has been awarded for construction of a boat launch ramp, float system, landscaping and parking improvements at the town-owned Bridge End property on Little Deer Isle.

Skip Eaton Paving & Construction was awarded the bid as the lowest bidder at $225,111. The highest of the 10 bidders came in at $393,371, according to Bridge End Citizen’s Initiative Committee chairman Loring Kydd. The work is slated to be complete by the end of June.

Kydd said the project includes the launching ramp, float system, pilings next to the boat launch and for the float system, parking improvements, some paving to the entrance and the installation of a vault-style toilet, like those found in state parks. There will also be improvements made to the entrance to enhance visibility.

During construction, the public area will likely be closed, though it may be open during weekends and other times when construction is not ongoing, said Kydd.

The funding from the project is coming from three sources, none of which involved money from Deer Isle’s coffers, said Kydd. The first is $45,000 in private donations, collected by Maine Coast Heritage Trust as the land was being financed for purchase. A $151,000 Small Harbor Improvement Program grant from the Maine Department of Transportation was awarded last year, and a $148,000 grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry from the Boating Facilities Fund.

“There has been virtually no expense to the town,” said Kydd. The ongoing upkeep of the property, such as trash removal, putting the floats in and taking them out, and any other expenses, will be covered by boat registration fees, which total nearly $11,000 per year for the town.

The committee was pleased the lowest bidder was local, said Kydd. “That way the funds will stay locally, and Skip [Eaton] has a good reputation for projects.”

The town is accepting donations of picnic tables to be located along the shore, said Kydd.