Greenville Junction wharf nearly finished

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 20, 2009, at 9:37 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Town officials say that on the whole, residents and users are pleased with the Greenville Junction Wharf rehabilitation project.

The project, which involved the repair of the rotting bulkhead, the installation of a new boat launch and landscaping, is about 90 percent complete. Town officials plan to visit the wharf next week before paying the contractor, Wyman and Simpson, for the work completed to date.

The town has been particularly pleased with the work of the contractor, Greenville Town Manager John Simko said this week. Wyman and Simpson has helped resolve unforeseen problems in construction, used as many local contractors as possible in the project and shown a determination to make the final product a good project, he said in an e-mail.

Simko said to date, the bulkhead has been dug out, filled in with concrete, compacted, and covered with gravel. The sheet piles, which had to be installed 6 inches higher than originally designed because of the height of the lake at the time of installation, have been secured and riprap is in place on the north side of the wharf and on the Wiggins Stream side. “The use of stone riprap instead of slate has allowed us to install more riprap for the same price,” he noted.

The rehabilitation, which was funded through a congressional earmark, federal and state grants and a $250,000 local commitment, is considered important because the wharf is a vital link for public access to Moosehead Lake.

“We have heard many favorable comments about the boat ramp reconstruction during its use this summer,” Simko said Wednesday. He also noted the project is being finished within budget.

While boaters who used the ramp over the summer spoke favorably about its design and construction, two people did express criticism for it not being wider to ensure that two boats can launch simultaneously, according to Simko.

However, George Powell of the Maine Department of Conservation advised Simko earlier that the same design has been used successfully in other places. The town hopes eventually to install additional floating docks along the concrete retaining wall to increase space for boaters to load and unload.

Additional site work, including paving and planting, will be completed in the spring. Town officials, with help from the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, hope to secure another congressional earmark to finish the project, which would include the completion of snowmobile access, paving and the installation of signs, a flagpole and lighting.

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