Woodward Island ferry replacement moves closer
April 19, 2017
• Coast Guard accepting comments
• Bridge would scuttle the state’s small ferry operation
Woodward Island ferry
(File photo from Quincy Engineering, Sacramento)
Plans to replace one of the California Delta’s smallest ferries have moved another step forward.
The U.S. Coast Guard is now reviewing an application from San Joaquin County of plans for a new bridge across the Middle River, a navigable waterway and thus needing the OK of the federal government.
A Coast Guard bridge permit will be required for the 675-foot long, seven-span, two-lane bridge project on the Middle River, between Upper Jones Tract and Woodward Island near Discovery Bay.
The proposed new bridge, which leads to private property on the island, would replace the existing Woodward Island ferry. The cable-guided ferry has been in operation since 1936 in one form or another. It is one of five ferries still operating in the Delta.
The Coast Guard says the bridge will not have a significant impact on the environment..
A state Water Quality Certification application about the project was submitted on March 15 to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Meanwhile, mariners are requested to comment on navigational safety issues, including the need for pier protection, clearance gauges and extent of nighttime navigation through the bridge. Interested parties are requested to express their views, in writing, including the possible impact on minority and/or low income population, if any, giving sufficient detail to establish a clear understanding of their reasons for support of or opposition to the proposed work.
Comments for the record will be received through May 18 at:
Eleventh Coast Guard District
Coast Guard Island, Bldg 50-2,
Alameda, CA 94501-5100