FOLLOWUP: Long-delayed Don Armeni Boat Ramp project opens bidding

Six years have passed since we first reported on Seattle Parks‘ plan to replace the floating docks at Don Armeni Boat Ramp in West Seattle. At that time, the project was expected to start half a year later, in fall 2017. But by fall 2018, it hadn’t, and that delay was blamed on a “late state budget signing” holding up grant money to fund part of the project. In a 2019 update about related environmental work, Parks said construction would happen in 2020. Next time we checked in on it, in early 2022, a federal permitting delay got the blame for the ongoing holdup. Though those permits hadn’t been finalized by the time Parks posted this update last month, the city said it would go ahead and put the project out to bid because they can’t work in the water until July anyway. And now the city’s bidding site indeed shows they’ve opened the project to bids this week, which are due February 15th. According to online documents, the new docks will be bigger than the ones they’re replacing: “The new docks will increase in width from 6 to 8 feet and extend out an additional 4.25 feet, increasing overwater coverage by 691 square feet.” Parks has said previously that the work would take about three months and that they would install the new docks one at a time so that one would remain open for boaters to continue using during the work.

9 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Long-delayed Don Armeni Boat Ramp project opens bidding"

  • TM January 29, 2023 (8:55 pm)

    Excited to hear they are finally getting tuned up. For a 3 month project a July start covers the peak usage period there, not the best scheduling.

    • Bill January 29, 2023 (10:48 pm)

      Yes – why can’t they start in April or May?  Looks to be planned for peak usage = salmon season!

      • WSB January 29, 2023 (11:52 pm)

        In-water work windows are arbitrary, for fish protection.

      • Flo B January 30, 2023 (6:58 am)

        Bill. Rest assured no work will be allowed if it will affect marine life in any way. Work permits will give very specific work windows.

        • TM January 30, 2023 (4:31 pm)

          I think he’s referring to the peak use months of the ramps, July through end of September (aligning with salmon returns and seasons, as well as peak recreational boating). As one of the only public launches in Seattle cutting capacity by half will lead to predictable traffic issues on Beach Dr those months. It may be that there is a habitat timing driver behind the schedule in which case that would be understandable and supported, otherwise any adjustment off of peak season would have multiple upsides.

  • JimBob January 30, 2023 (6:06 am)

    Glad it is finally getting started and yeah odd peak season start time. I imagine most of the work will be offsite and then just secured to the shore and pilings. Wished they could address that two foot axle breaking drop off that has ruined a few peoples days at low tide. Been there since I was 16 might be time to fix it. 

    • Chris January 30, 2023 (12:30 pm)

      I concur with you JIMBOB, I try my darnest only to launch and take out my boat at high tide given the surface of this launch. I recognized that is a difficult repair but I wish they could adreess it too after all these decades that have worn on that launch bed. Does anyone know when that launch was built?Appreciate the new floating dock being wider and longer!

      • WSB January 30, 2023 (1:26 pm)

        Perhaps the scope of work addresses your concerns? From the linked project page (and previous reports): “Renovate existing failing two boat ramps. Scope of work includes, demolition of existing concrete abutment, pile driving and installation of steel piles, installation of new concrete abutment, procuring and installation of concrete floating docks and hardware.”

  • Joe January 30, 2023 (7:46 pm)

    Terrible timing. I hope they actually enforce derileck vessels tied up to the docks and sinking. I can’t imagine there’s much of a fish concern of those docks.

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