According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government’s 5 Year Marine Infrastructure Plan, $28 million has been allocated for upgrades and enhancements to ferry terminals, wharves and ferry access roads. Over the next five years, $23.7 million will go to the “renewal and repair of wharves” and $4.3 million will be spent to upgrade ferry terminal areas.
2017-18 will see $8 million spent on ferry services infrastructure — waiting facilities and wharves. $13.5 million will go to ferry refits and maintenance.
A passenger waiting area has been slated to be placed at the Pilley’s Island ferry dock area this year. There are currently no facilities there for people waiting to take the ferry to or from Long Island or Little Bay Islands.
Work approved/slated for the Pilley’s Island wharf:
– Addition of waiting area with washroom access and seating
– Wharf light repairs
– Installation of shore power
Long Island residents have in the past campaigned hard for better facilities or to have a causeway built to bridge the short distance between Long Island and Pilley’s Island. Other islands in the area — Triton Island, Sunday Cove Island and Pilley’s Island — are all connected by causeways.
[Top image: Green Bay Feed archive photo, ferry headed to Little Bay Islands, 2016]