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ADA Public Access Fish Pier

Office of Fishing and Boating Access - Oak Bluffs, MA


CLE Engineering Inc. was retained by the Massachusetts Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA) to provide engineering design, permitting and technical services for an ADA/MAAB accessible fishing pier along the shoreline of Oak Bluffs, MA. CLE performed all survey, resource delineation, geotechnical assessment, storm wave modeling and structural and civil engineering services and provided construction management support during construction of the pier, boardwalk, ramp and stairs for the project. The structure is located approximate 200-feet north of the existing Steamship Authority Ferry Dock. The pier extends in a perpendicular fashion from the existing shoreline into Nantucket Sound and consists of a 12-ft wide x 317-ft long timber pier with a L shaped 16-ft wide x 48-ft long terminus. The pier is a multi-span structure that is supported by 14-inch diameter steel pipe piles. A 42-inch high aluminum cable handrail was installed to meet all applicable safety codes/regulations and in several locations the handrail will be lowered to provide fishing access for handicapped individuals in compliance with ADA recommendations. The completed project provides ADA/MAAB public access to the waterfront and creates a town landmark enjoyed year-around by island residents and visitors.