Pub­lic boating ac­cess en­hanced at Broad Creek Boat Ramp

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STEVENSVILLE — The Broad Creek Pub­lic Land­ing in Dar­ling­ton, Md., pro­vides im­por­tant wa­ter ac­cess to boaters and kayak­ers, and is the only free pub­lic launch on the Susque­hanna River above the Conowingo Dam. Al­though func­tional, the pop­u­lar site was in need of re­pairs, and it did not pro­vide ac­cess for boaters or kayak­ers with dis­abil­i­ties.

How­ever, thanks to a re­cently com­pleted $409,205 im­prove­ment project by Stevensville’s Dis­sen & Juhn Com­pany, boaters and kayak­ers are now en­joy­ing en­hanced ac­cess to the river. In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing ADA ac­ces­si­bil­ity with car and trailer park­ing, the project scope in­cluded in­stalling a stone revet­ment to re­place a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing tim­ber bulk­head; re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing dam­aged boat ramp with a new ramp con­structed of heavy duty, pre-cast con­crete planks; in­stalling a new alu­minum float­ing dock with a “kayak cra­dle” to ease launching kayaks; and en­hanced land­scap­ing.

Al­though the com­pleted project pro­vides many ben­e­fits to the recre­ational boating com­mu­nity in Har­ford County, it wasn’t with­out some in­ter­est­ing chal­lenges, namely wa­ter lev­els that fluc­tu­ated much more than ex­pected. Al­though un­ex­pected, the Dis­sen & Juhn crew tack­led it with a cre­ative so­lu­tion.

“The fluc­tu­at­ing wa­ter lev­els and fluid na­ture of the silty creek bot­tom posed par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges dur­ing con­struc­tion of the boat ramp,” said Mark Dis­sen, vice pres­i­dent, Dis­sen & Juhn Com­pany. “We built a cof­fer­dam to iso­late the ramp and in­stalled the pre­cast con­crete in the dry,” he added.

“We call it ‘the pond’,” said David Good­win, project man­ager, Har­ford County Depart­ment of Parks & Re­cre­ation. “It is con­trolled by the hy­dro­elec­tric plant. There was a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence in range from what we ac­counted for in our project de­scrip­tion. Dis­sen & Juhn in­stalled the cof­fer­dam and stayed pretty much on sched­ule, com­plet­ing the project in time for the boating sea­son,” Good­win added.

“Our firm for­tu­nately has the tech­ni­cal com­pe­tence, equip­ment and well-trained staff to deal with un­fore­seen changes in site con­di­tions in a timely and cost ef­fec­tive man­ner,” said Dis­sen.

“I en­joyed work­ing with Ray (McMasters), Mark (Dis­sen) and the crew. Ev­ery­one was gen­uinely nice and demon­strated a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence. You don’t al­ways get all of those things in a con­trac­tor. We in­ter­acted well to­gether like a good work­ing ma­chine. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and co­or­di­na­tion were par­tic­u­larly good,” said Good­win.

The project was funded by Har­ford County gov­ern­ment, the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wa­ter­way Im­prove­ment Fund, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice – Sport Fish Restora­tion Pro­gram.

Dis­sen & Juhn Com­pany has been serv­ing the needs of wa­ter­front prop­erty own­ers for more than 43 years, com­plet­ing more than 1,000 marine con­struc­tion pro­jects for pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor clients, in­clud­ing ma­rina owner-op­er­a­tors, coun­ties and towns, as well as the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard. The firm serves the Ch­e­sa­peake and Delaware Bays, the Po­tomac River, and north­ern Vir­ginia.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing dredg­ing and pile driv­ing services, Dis­sen & Juhn has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the de­sign and con­struc­tion of tim­ber ve­hic­u­lar and pedes­trian bridges and board­walks, fixed and float­ing docks, break­wa­ters, liv­ing shore­lines, bulk­heads and stone revet­ments, boat ramps, and a va­ri­ety of other marine struc­tures.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (410) 604-1802 or (888) 5785779, visit dis­sen-juhn.com or face­book.com/Dis­senJuh­nCom­pany.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Broad Creek Boat Ramp in Dar­ling­ton, Md., now fea­tures ADA ac­ces­si­bil­ity with car and trailer park­ing. Ac­ces­si­bil­ity was only part of the $409,205 im­prove­ment project, re­cently com­pleted by Dis­sen & Juhn Com­pany of Stevensville.

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