TWO Rocks Marina will get another pontoon in May, according to Transport Minister Dean Nalder, who visited the facility today to assess the completed boat ramp upgrade.
The launching capacity has more than doubled at the marina as a result of a $1.2 million upgrade that started last year.
Mr Nalder said the project finished on time and under budget, providing funds to build a pontoon to enhance the operation of the increasingly busy facility.
“Additional to the stage one and stage two works, a new 18m boat pontoon will be built 75m north of the expanded boat ramp allowing better and safer access to and from boats at peak times,” he said.
The upgrades followed a prolonged closure through the 2013-14 recreational fishing season and complaints about delays at the ramp that caused chaos in the parking area.
The first stage of works, completed last July, more than doubled the parking bays from 38 to 99 and the introduction of traffic management measures helped address queuing and congestion issues.
The second stage, partly funded by the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme, has seen the boat ramp widened to two distinct lanes, installation of a central 50m floating jetty, realignment of the revetment wall, access paths, solar lighting and signage upgrades.
The minister said careful consideration of the works program had helped in maintaining access to the facility for the duration of the construction period.
“The patience of users during construction is now rewarded with this wonderful, much improved facility,” he said.
“Completion of the extra pontoon will further enhance the operations of the local volunteer marine rescue group which has experienced difficulties using the existing outdated jetty.
“The jetty will be demolished after the installation of the new pontoon, expected in May.”