TUSCUMBIA — Anglers and pleasure boaters who use the boat ramp at Rose Trail park have a new pier.
The project, which includes the construction of a new ramp, is nearly complete.
“It turned out great and is going to be really nice for boaters to use,” Assistant County Engineer Jeremy Robison said.
Robison said the new pier is much larger than the old one and will be safer to use. He said it also meets Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
“They started working on it last week,” Robison said. “With crappie season coming up the end of February, it’s going to be great down there.”
Robison said the pier was built to rise and fall with the level of Bear Creek, which empties into the portion of the Tennessee River known as Pickwick Lake. The water levels on Pickwick Lake fluctuate more than Wilson Lake, which is upstream.
The project was funded by the Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Construction of the new ramp cost about $125,000. The Colbert County Commission approved up to $25,000 in matching funds, but the bulk of the match ultimately came in the form of in-kind work.
The pier was constructed by Bubba’s Marine, of Rogersville, at a cost of about $78,000.
The project included pouring a new concrete sidewalk next to the ramp that leads to the new pier, as well as removing and replacing the existing pier.
“We are getting a lot of good feedback on the new ramp as well,” Robison said.
The new boat ramp is longer and steeper than the old ramp. The slope of the new ramp makes it easier for boaters to float their vessel off its trailer.
“It should be much easier to use when water levels are down during the winter,” Robison said.
Robison said the only work remaining is sealing the parking lot with a chip-and-tar surface and paving a couple of handicapped-only parking spaces.
That work will likely cost less than $10,000.
“The state will send in a contractor to stripe it,” Robison said. “We probably won’t pave it until the spring.”
District 6 Commissioner Charles Hovater said the new pier will be a welcome addition to the park and make it more convenient for boaters using the ramp.
“It’s going to be a good deal,” Hovater said. “It’s a good, accessible ramp.”
Rose Trail Park is on Riverton-Rose Trail in extreme western Colbert County.
Russ Corey can be reached at 256-740-5738 or russ.corey@TimesDaily.com.