Posted on February 20, 2023
Another step has been taken toward establishing ferry service from the borough to Manhattan with the completion of dredging work in the Arthur Kill.
The $5 million Carteret Berth and Ferry Terminal Dredging project increased capacity in the channel and berth for the new ferry terminal, according to the DOT. Dredging operations in the Arthur Kill began in December.
DOT’s contractor removed more than 20,000 cubic yards of sediment from the proposed berth, it said, and the dredged material was processed and will be used as cover for the Middlesex County Utility Authority landfill.
Mayor Dan Reiman announced in December the dredging work was to begin following the completion of 130 feet of steel sheet pile bulkhead along the Arthur Kill. The mayor said dredging the waterside of the bulkhead was designed to reach sufficient depths for the ferry slips and docking area.
Future work includes construction of docking and slips, a 700-space parking lot anticipated to break ground this year, followed by a 20-foot-wide elevated pedestrian boardwalk connecting the parking lot and the ferry loading area. The boardwalk is expected to be completed in 2024, according to Reiman.
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The borough is in the final design phase for an intermodal transportation building, which will host a ticket office, restrooms, bar, lounge, office space, banquet center, restaurants and retail.
Besides the ferry service, Carteret’s waterfront is eventually expected to include restaurants, bars, retail shops, a movie production studio and office space on former industrial property. The waterfront already includes a fishing pier, public park, mini golf course and 185-slip marina.
Funding for the dredging project was in addition to $11.7 million Gov. Phil Murphy committed for the ferry project.