The proposed timber boardwalk will provide a more accessible connection between Wessagussett and George E Lane beaches, while the erosion control measures will further enhance and strengthen the valuable infrastructure of the Town.
Concrete debris and rubble from disintegrating bathhouse foundations combined with beach rocks currently make the connection between Wessagussett and George E Lane beaches very difficult to traverse. The existing revetment is also in need of repair. The proposed timber boardwalk will provide a more accessible beach connection, while the erosion control measures will further enhance and strengthen the valuable infrastructure of the Town.
The project includes constructing approximately 1,000 linear feet of an eight foot wide timber boardwalk, 1,000 linear feet of a rock revetment, 1,000 linear feet of beach mats, new sidewalk from the upper parking area, additional handicap accessible parking at the entrance of the boardwalk, as well as replacement of existing concrete access stairway with a new pre-cast concrete stairway.
Coastal Engineering is also working with Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture and the Town to enhance and restore the vegetation on the coastal bank of the site. The majority of the bank is comprised of invasive species that destabilize the slope. The design team is developing a vegetation management and maintenance plan that will enhance the area not only for slope stability, but for wildlife habitat and aesthetics purposes.
"This is a very exciting project and a wonderful community to work with. Mayor Hedlund's and the Baker-Polito Administration's focus on socioeconomic development and resilient waterfront will create great assets for the Weymouth community. Prior to this public meeting, many hours of planning, design, and coordination were spent evaluating the existing conditions of the site and presenting alternatives to Mayor Hedlund, Town of Weymouth staff, and members of the Conservation Commission and Waterfront Committee, so we are really excited that the residents showed strong support at the public meeting on February 27," says Coastal Engineering Project Manger Jay Norton.
For more information, read The Patriot Ledger report from the meeting here.