Oak Bluffs bridge and restroom project schedules are tight


Oak Bluffs town officials have expressed concern about the tight schedules surrounding two construction projects and the impacts of any delays during the busy summer tourist season.

Contractors restoring the historic clay brick bathhouse near the Steamship Authority Terminal have run into some delays, but are on schedule to complete the project by June 28, according to town administrator Michael Dutton.

He said relocation of a utility pole by NSTAR has forced a change in construction schedules. “At this point we’re just going to work around NSTAR,” Mr. Dutton said at Tuesday’s selectmen’s meeting. “I’ve been coordinating with the Steamship Authority. They are fine with the project, and I don’t think that will be a problem.”

The Steamship Authority will begin ferry service to the Oak Bluffs terminal on May 24.

Also raising concern is the final stage of construction on big bridge and little bridge along Beach Road. Highway superintendent Richard Combra Jr. said repaving is underway, and the work crews are on schedule to finish by Memorial Day.