The boarding ramp and its lifting structure frame the Swan’s Island ferry shown docked in its slip at the Bass Harbor ferry terminal. FILE PHOTO

Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal work planned



TREMONT — Officials of the state’s Department of Transportation will explain plans for proposed additional structures to the Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal at a meeting Feb. 26 at the Tremont town office.

Not expected to begin until 2020, the $765,000 project includes the installation of a south side dolphin, a walkway and a wave fence. A dolphin is usually built of long, wooden pilings, sometimes capped with concrete, and frequently serves to protect structures such as docks from impact by vessels.

“We’re adding to what is already there,” said Aurele Groneau, senior project manager with the MDOT. He noted the new dolphin will provide “a little more shelter for the ferry when it’s in [the terminal].”

At the public meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Tremont town office, representatives from the MDOT will answer questions, listen to concerns and record comments regarding the proposed project.

According to Groneau, the changes are being made in anticipation of a larger boat replacing the current ferry that services Swan’s Island and Frenchboro. There is currently no date set for that replacement.

Driving the piles for the new dolphin may take place in the winter months, but the majority of the project will be done in warmer weather. The bid for a contractor for the project will go out later this year.

“We hope to have it out mid- to late summer,” Groneau said.

Once the project gets started, it will take about four months to complete. Additions in the proposed project include installation of a dolphin about 30 feet farther out in outer Bass Harbor than the existing dolphin, a gangway for crew members to access the dolphin and a wave fence.

“It breaks up the waves so they don’t push up on the boat so much,” Groneau said.

Federal and state funds are being used for the project.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley covers the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands. Send story ideas and information to [email protected]

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