Millsboro Pond boat ramp closed for reconstruction
MILLSBORO, Del. – A popular Sussex County boat ramp is about to get a major makeover. But officials say it’s about more than just making it look better. The bigger picture is safety.
“Currently there is hardly any parking for them. So now we are going to be able to increase safe parking,” says Jeremey Ashe, the construction project manager for DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.
The Millsboro Pond Boat Ramp is situated along Gravel Hill Road, a busy route in Sussex County.
“Right now people park on the road and as you can tell with cars going by it’s not the best place to be parking,” says Ashe.
So officials are closing down the ramp for a few months to add some much needed upgrades.
“Right now there is no courtesy docks so when fishermen or boaters come out to use the facility they don’t have a really area to launch a boat. And also the parking lot is relatively small you can fit maybe one or two trailers. But with the upgrades we will be able to fit at least 7,” says Ashe.
Crews will also be making the boat ramp ADA compliant so that it’s more accessible for people with disabilities.
“Now these are all going to be up to code and spec and we are looking forward to making sure everyone has access to these facilities,” says Ashe.
With all these changes, officials are assuring the public that these improvements won’t hurt the local environment.
“We are following all the guidelines to make sure things like sediment and erosion controls are put in place. As far as environmental impacts it is very minimal because it is a manmade pond,” says Ashe.
New lights will also be added to the boat ramp so that it’s safe at night as well. DNREC Fish and Wildlife officials tell 47 ABC the project is estimated to cost almost $450,000. If everything goes as planned, the project should be complete by December 1st, 2019.