The 64th Street Boat Ramp opened to the public on May 1, 2017 and the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on June 27th. The boat ramp is located at the intersection of 64th Street and Seabay Drive, at the base of the Town’s water tower and there is no fee to launch or retrieve your vessel.
The boat ramp was partially funded through the Department of Natural Resources Waterway Improvement Fund which covered dredging at 100% and site work at 50%.
City Engineer, Terry McGean oversaw the project beginning with hiring the civil engineering firm of Davis, Bowen & Friedel to complete the boat ramp and site design. Design included acquiring a Private Wetlands Permit from the Maryland Department of Environment and Army Corps of Engineers, Critical Area approvals, Stormwater Management approval, and Sediment and Erosion Control approval through Worcester County Soil Conservation District. The site design also included a 31 space parking lot with 10’ wide x 50’ long parking stalls and the site is ADA compliant. The Wing Walls and Jetty Walls are constructed of 20’ long 12” diameter timber piles and Everlast ESP vinyl sheeting. The design also featured a 100’ long aluminum floating dock.
Engineering Manager, Paul Mauser acted as the construction manager working with Murtech Marine who completed the project below budget and 60 days ahead of schedule. A 40’ wide channel was dredged from the boat ramp to the Assawoman Bay to a depth of -3.0 MLW and the approximate 3,000 Cubic Yards of dredge material were hauled offsite to an approved upland site.
The boat ramp features:
- Two 15 foot wide ramps
- Handicap accessible pier
- Two portable restrooms
- On-site Pay to Park for vehicle/trailer (no overnight parking)
The entire Engineering Department played a part in the project from surveying to administrative services to stormwater management plan approval to construction management. The Engineering Department includes Terry McGean, Paul Mauser, Ron Humphress, Joe Kurtz, Gail Blazer, and Joann Landon.
The Town is currently designing a Comfort Station to serve the boat ramp.