Steamship Authority Terminal Reconstruction Begins Under New Contract

Travelers to Martha’s Vineyard line up for the Steamship Authority ferry in Woods Hole.

WOODS HOLE – Work recently began on the marine portion of the Steamship Authority’s Woods Hole Terminal Reconstruction Project.

The Authority’s board of governors awarded a $43 million contract to Quincy-based Jay Cashman Inc. to build three ferry slips, two passenger loading piers and improving stormwater management.

Steamship Authority General Manager Bob Davis says the first phase of the work will run through mid-May.

“Cashman will be working on relocating the passenger gangway system in between what is currently slips 1 and 2, and then putting in some temporary fendering systems,” Davis said.

Construction for the project will only take place only during the offseason from mid-September to mid-May of each year.

“It’s going to take four years of construction,” Davis said.

Cashman made the lowest bid out of the seven made between last September and November.

Major work for the first phase of the marina portion of the project will begin after the demolition of the administration and ticket office building, which is part of another construction contract with another contractor.

The entire reconstruction project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022, including the construction of the new terminal building.

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