Ramping up for completion
COFFS Harbour's revamped boat ramp will be officially up and running next week after receiving a $1 million makeover.
While delays continue on the restoration of the Coffs Harbour slipway, local anglers will benefit from new upgrades to the ocean access boat ramp, set for completion next Friday.
The upgrade is a long time coming for the region's boating community and was initially pioneered by the Boat Ramp Working Party, formed in 2012.
Work began six weeks ago and is designed to reduce the impact from the swell and stop wave surges, which had previously created issues when launching and retrieving vessels.
But it has not been all smooth sailing for construction crews as the project stalled for three weeks while workers battled with sediment and drainage issues.
A project officer said it had been difficult to dewater the site in order to be able to work 1.5 metres underneath the mean low tide level.
Modelling for the project was undertaken by Manly Hydraulics Laboratory, who concluded that extending the boat ramp basin and breakwater would cut wave surge by around a third.
The upgrade and associated works were funded by a $1 million grant from Roads and Maritime Services, while the accompanying road upgrade was paid for through Coffs Harbour City Council's 2014-15 special rate variation.
Road upgrade includes work to Jordan Esplanade from Camperdown St to the Public Works compound on Corrambirra Point.
The works did not have any significant impact on operation of the boat ramp during the construction period.