A boating access that serves the Sneads Ferry area soon will undergo a transformation that will upgrade the facility and improve accessibility for users.


SNEADS FERRY | A boating access that serves the Sneads Ferry area soon will undergo a transformation that will upgrade the facility and improve accessibility for users.



Renovations expected to begin this week at the Turkey Creek Boating Access Area will close the facility until January, according to information from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.



“The contract has been awarded and the contractor is moving on site (this) week,” said Dan Martin, WRC Central Coastal Region Tech Supervisor.



Martin said the project is part of seasonal maintenance and will provide the area with a new facility that is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.



“We plan to replace the existing docks and boat ramps and install new floating docks and a new double ramp. There will also be a new parking area,” Martin said.



Martin said the current docks are fixed, which can be more prone to damage in storms and can make access more difficult for boaters.



“The floating docks are more conducive to the rising and falling tide,” he said.



To make the boating access area ADA-compliant, Martin said there will be improvements such as a handrail on the floating dock, designated handicapped parking spot and easy-access pathway to the boat ramp.



The now-gravel parking area will also get a facelift.



The area will be paved with approximately 11 parking spaces for trucks and trailers and several single-car spaces.



“It will be a top-notch facility,” Martin said.



Depending on any work or weather-related delays, Martin said they hope to have the boating access back open by January.



The cost of the project is $260,000.



The Wildlife Resources Commission will pay for the half of the cost using money from motorboat registration receipts and the other half with a Coastal Recreational Fishing License grant from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.