CARTERET – Plans for the construction of the borough's ferry terminal are moving forward with a contract being awarded for bulkhead installation.
The borough on Thursday awarded a $473,258 contract to Agate Construction, of Clermont, Cape May County, for the first phase of the project, including 131 linear feet of permanent sheeting bulkhead with a steel cap and aluminum gangway.
Once the bulkhead work is completed, the state Department of Transportation Office of Maritime Resources will begin approximately 19,500 cubic yards of dredging this summer, followed by the borough’s construction of waterside and landside improvements, according to borough officials.
“We are excited to get started on the first phase of the Carteret Ferry Terminal,” Mayor Dan Reiman said in a news release. “We have worked tirelessly to bring ferry service to Carteret so our residents and commuters around the region can have a more direct and efficient route to downtown Manhattan and the Financial District.”
Carteret has received more than $30 million in federal and state grants for the project, including $6 million for the ferry terminal building.
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, acknowledged diversifying and expanding the state's transportation network with this ferry service is key to transforming life for Carteret residents and those in surrounding communities, and sustaining the region as one of the most economically productive in the Northeast.
The Carteret Ferry Terminal is part of Reiman’s vision to turn the borough's waterfront into a popular regional destination, which now includes a waterfront fishing pier, public park, 185-slip marina, future events center at the park and a 2-mile riverwalk funded through a state grant.
“Our nearly 2 miles of public access along our eastern shoreline, including our ferry, marina, and riverwalk is a remarkable feat for a community that had no public access to the waterfront for over 100 years,” Reiman said.
“While all permits are now in place and necessary funding has been secured for two ferry boats – the waterside and landside improvements – we will continue to seek out additional funding for the intermodal terminal building itself, which would be the next phase of this project,” the mayor added.
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