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Delta to replace another boat launch

The replacement boat launch at Ferry Road is to have improved functional use outside of high tide conditions
The construction period had been scheduled to limit impact to the local fish habitat and minimize disruption during traditional peak boating season. City of Delta image

The City of Delta says it is working to replace the two-lane boat launch on Ferry Road in Ladner.

The current boat launch is located at the end of Ferry Road, north of Admiral Way, adjacent to the Captain’s Cove Marina’s work yard.

The work will include removal of the existing boat ramp and associated features, installation of a larger boat ramp and rip-rap protection, dredging, as well as an extension of the float to increase boat capacity.

According to the city two years ago, the existing concrete ramp and floating dock sections were approaching the end of their service life “and complete replacement is required to ensure the continued function of this important community amenity.”

The city sought proposals from qualified engineering firms or individuals with relevant experience in marine engineering to develop design drawings for the complete replacement.

Once the preliminary design was finalized, Delta obtained approvals from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Both provincial approval and the final design were also recently completed.

The tender for a contract for the construction of the replacement is anticipated for this March, with a contract awarded the following month.

The city also notes the boat launch is to be closed in mid-September with construction to take place until Jan. 31, 2025.

Meanwhile, the city recently issued a request for proposals for marine structural engineering firms, or individuals, with recent relevant experience in the design of boat ramp systems to lead the preliminary and detailed design of a replacement boat launch ramp at Wellington Point.

Located on River Road West in Ladner, that boat launch’s wooden float system was replaced in 2022 and included the installation of new piles to restrain the float system.

While the top three-quarters of the concrete ramp is in relatively sound condition, the lower quarter is deteriorated and broken with the waterside edge of the ramp being noticeably undermined, the city notes.

A complete replacement of the concrete ramp is required to ensure the continued function of the important community amenity, according to the request for proposals.