WORK started this month to build a bigger boat ramp at Two Rocks Marina.
Last week, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Engineered Water Systems won the $681,042 contract to do the second stage of upgrades at the marina, which would double its boat launching capacity.
Works include installation of a 50m floating jetty, widening the ramp to provide two lanes and refurbishing the existing jetty.
Expected to finish early next year, the minister’s statement said access would be maintained to the single launch ramp most of the time.
“However, the ramp may be closed for a short period in February 2016 to allow for drainage works at the top of the ramp,” it said.
The Transport Department’s marine navigational safety manager Mark Briant said people should consider using launching facilities at Mindarie Marina or Ocean Reef Boat Harbour during peak periods.
“Works, including pile driving activities, will occur during daylight hours, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), and will take place using land-based equipment, a works barge and support vessels as required,” he said.
“The works area and closed ramp will be marked by yellow buoys, approximately one metre in height, and equipped with flashing yellow lights. Unlit piles will be within the confines of the works area. The international code flag ‘A’ will be exhibited while diving operations are in progress.”
The State Government has spent $1.2 million on upgrades to improve safety and ease congestion for skippers and the first stage – changing the carpark – finished in July. That increased car and trailer bays from 38 to 99, with an overflow parking area added.
Stage two will also include realigning the revetment wall, providing and access path, solar lighting and signage.
Visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/ two-rocks-project.