382 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA. 02601
A portion of the wooden bulkhead failed in March 2008 leading to costly
temporary emergency repairs and possible collateral damager to the adjacent
steel bulkhead. To reduce the cost of the emergency repairs the temporary
repairs were only designed to last for 18 months until full replacement could be
completed. The existing steel bulkhead is showing signs of deterioration
including: movement of the steel sheeting, failed/failing wales, and loss of
soil material from behind the bulkhead as evidenced by subsidence in the parking
lot. The loss of material from behind the bulkhead is causing shoaling under and
around the adjacent floats and slips. According to town engineering assessments,
the best solution to prevent further deterioration is to replace the entire
bulkhead estimated to cost $5,000,000.
The Town of Barnstable has applied for and been awarded a Commonwealth of
Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance (EOAF) grant in the
amount of 75% of the project up to $3,750,000. EOAF agrees to provide financial
assistance to the Town for replacement of the bulkhead and paved area with funds
authorized under Chapter 312 of the Acts of 2008.
Barnstable Inner Harbor is one of the busiest harbors on the Bay side of Cape
Cod. It provides space to over 502 commercial and recreational vessels and other
marine-related activities including a 392-passenger whale-watching vessel. The
harbor employs 189 people in a variety of professions, both full and part time,
and generates an estimated 8 million dollars in economic activity.
We believe that the tremendous community support this project received pushed it
to the top of Governor Deval Patrick’s long list of infrastructure needs.
Councilor Ann Canedy, Senators Rob O’Leary and Therese Murray, Representative
Demetrius Atsalis as well as the Friends of Barnstable Harbor were critical
proponents of this project.
The Town of Barnstable has hired
CRC Co., Inc. to do the
work which should commence in early April. Working with
Vine Associates, Inc.
and the Town, CRC’s work is expected to take approximately 270 days to complete.
Updates on the project may be found on this webpage.