ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – “There is never a good time to close a boat ramp in South Alabama,” says Director of Alabama Marine Resources Scott Bannon. But in the case of Boggy Point in Orange Beach, they didn’t feel they had a choice.
One month after the public boat launch closed for repairs, the final pilings from the old piers are being pulled, stacked and cut up. In their place, new piers and new decking. “We do anticipate it will open early.”
Crews are already putting the finishing touches on a project that was supposed to take two months to finish. “We gave them 60 days to get it done,” says Bannon. “As you can see they are finishing the last few piles, they are going to put the last little bit of decking down and they are going to repair the pavers in the parking lot.”
An inspection of the piers and pilings last year revealed years of wear and tear. So much damage in fact, another boating season without a total rebuild was deemed too dangerous. “It’s going to look like a new facility when they are done,” added Bannon.
The crews have been working for 21 straight days. They will take Easter off but then they will be back at it. Boggy Point is expected to re-open to the public in the next week to 10 days.