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October 20, 2013

Ramp slated for 2014 completion


There are currently no public boat ramps in the city with access to the Merrimack River.

Last year, the city scrapped its initial plans for a full-scale boat ramp suitable for midsize watercraft and instead planned to build a car-top launch facility, or ramp suitable only for canoes, kayaks and other boats transportable atop a vehicle.

With additional funding expected from the state, Buckley said project stakeholders have recommitted to a full-scale ramp.

Buckley said the total project cost is estimated between $400,000 and $500,000. The city still has $200,000 remaining from a $250,000 grant it received in 2008 from the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game.

Mahler said funding for the project will come from general bond funds, with additional money from the Department of Fish and Game, Office of Fishing and Boating Access.

Buckley said Mayor Stephen Zanni worked closely with the state to identify additional funding sources.

“It’s very encouraging,” said Zanni. “I’m very pleased with that. Once we go out to bid we’re in good shape.”

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