Friday, June 10, 2011

The Salem Ferry runs tomorrow?

Work is furiously progressing on the Blaney Street pier, in order to have it ready for duty tomorrow AM.

Here is what it looked like last night:

"Sidewalk" at Blaney and Derby

Derby Street

The Salem Ferry Obstacle Course

Guardrail posts, waiting for cement
Your guess is as good as mine.

This is past the nearly finished area. May be where new temp building will go.
Blaney Street, not prepped for paving.

This morning, just before 9 AM.

Paving begins! No boat.

As of 1:30 this afternoon.

The boat has arrived, as paving progresses

The gentleman in lime green with his hands on his hips is also the one who called a resident the C word. Prep progresses on Blaney St.

This woman is early for the boat, or I guess not quite late enough
Lots of activity

It looks like the ferry will run tomorrow. Area residents just received the following email and phone call from the city.

6/10/2011 1:59:49 PM EST - This is the City of Salem emailing you to advise you that striping of the Blaney St. parking lot will take place this evening beginning at 10:00 pm. This work will take 4 to 6 hours. The contractor has been asked to keep trucks away from the residences as much as possible and to keep the noise level to a minimum. The Blaney Street parking lot will re-open tomorrow morning for the operation of the Salem Ferry and for off-street parking for neighborhood residents. Delivery of a pre-fabricated building to serve as a terminal building is expected to be delivered next week. Residents may be asked to move their cars at that time. Thank you for your patience as we complete this phase of the project.

While this will be paved and painted, there is still a decent pile of unfinished work. Note the very large pile of boulders in the last picture. Those are destined for removal or placement in specific spots on the site. A new building needs to be placed. There are numerous areas, like where the boulders are, that still have exposed drain edges. The railing has not been installed, and the posts for it are not set.

It won't be a quiet night in this neighborhood, but if this is the end of our houses shaking all day every day, so be it. Well, until next summer's phase.


  1. We owe you a debt of gratitude, G. Were it not for your constant vigilance, updates, photos and badgering, I have no doubt the ferry's first day of operation would have been on Sunday instead of Saturday.
    What, by the way, ever became of our gutter-mouthed young man? Still in stocks at Blaney Landing, I hope!

  2. LOL. I don't expect that I had any impact on the timeframe of the project at all. I'm impressed with the speed with which they completed this enough to get the ferry running. I overdocumented this because I live with it every day.

    I bumped into the mayor this morning at the house directly abutting the pier. She was very gracious and sympathetic in apologizing for the inconveniences. She was also gracious about the ribbing I've given her here.

    The one thing I attribute to this blog is that the day after I wrote about that foul mouthed gent, that residence stopped being a parking lot and changing area for the workers.

  3. Dont worry, your cemetery is on my list.

  4. well done real world. Please keep it up

  5. Too late, G (about the cemetery.) After months of doing nothing, someone finally came and cleaned up the worst of the mess. Thanks for adding it to your list, however. It's the thought that counts, I know.

  6. Why no reporting on this on Patch? Oh, that's right. #Suck

  7. Let's move on, G! This is now old news already!

  8. I'm thinking poor G must be dead. Or maybe he just slipped and drowned in one of those muddy puddles he has been photographing from every conceivable angle for his projected Magnum Opus, "The Puddles of Blaney Street Landing."


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