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Shelter Island Boat Launch Construction Update: Ramp Expected to Reopen in December 2018

The Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility Improvement Project has made significant progress and the heavy construction work is now entering its final weeks. The Port of San Diego anticipates that public access to the boat ramp will be restored in December 2018; an announcement will be made once the ramp is safe for use.

The entire project, which includes associated site work, is expected to be completed in January 2019.  

The project has made progress with the completion of the breakwater wall, which entailed installation of 92 piles and 53 concrete wall panels; completion of both platforms that will connect to the floating docks; completion of the new concrete ramp and connecting apron; and installation of floating docks on the east side of the boat launch basin.

The contractor is currently installing the west side guide piles for the west floating docks, and building up the new roadway connecting the new boat ramp to the adjacent parking lots. The public will be able to access the ramp once the connecting roadway is finished, and the floating docks and gangways are installed.

Once completed, the improvements will make the boat launch ramp safer and more navigable.  Upgrades include enlarging the maneuvering area in the basin by 80 percent, replacing the worn-out launch ramp, increasing the lengths of the boarding floats, installing public docks, public walkways, adjacent parking, and upgrading the restroom to current Americans with Disabilities Act Standards.

The Port of San Diego appreciates the public’s patience during this important public improvement project.  Please visit for more information and updates.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.