Work is expected to begin Monday on a new Stehekin ferry dock. The new landing will provide universal access for all passengers traveling up Lake Chelan via commercial ferries.
This work is part of more than $2 million dollars in work that has been completed or is planned to improve the accessibility of facilities and services in Stehekin. It also is the most notable improvement to the Stehekin ferry landing in almost 40 years, said a news release from North Cascades National Park Complex.
The tentative construction schedule is as follows:
- Next week: Mobilize crew to Stehekin, start driving piles.
- Week of Feb. 28: Continue driving piles.
- Week of March 7: Finish driving piles. Begin bulkhead repair.
- Week of March 14:- Begin concrete work.
Ferry service and access to the ferry landing in Stehekin will be maintained throughout construction. The Stehekin Landing Resort will maintain lunch service this winter on days the ferry travels to Stehekin and full service this summer.
The project includes installing a fixed walkway along the western bulkhead of the existing boat launch/winter ferry landing, including new pilings. Construction should be completed by early June.
“We want people to come and visit Stehekin. These ferry landing accessibility improvements will make it easier for people to do so” North Cascades Superintendent Chip Jenkins said in the release. “This project is part of our overall effort to improve accessibility in Stehekin for visitors.”
New shuttle buses, remodeled restrooms at the Stehekin Landing Resort, and an upgrade to the popular Rainbow Mist Trail are some of the other projects in progress or completed to improve accessibility in Stehekin.
Spokane-based Wesslen Construction, Inc., was awarded the construction contract in September 2010.
Stehekin is at the head of the 55-mile long Lake Chelan. It can be reached from Chelan by ferry boat , float plane and private boat, or hiking in from the north.