Shelter Island boat launch facility. Photo courtesy of the Port of San Diego

The Shelter Island Boat Launch, already down to one lane, will be closed entirely the day after Labor Day to complete an improvement project, the Port of San Diego announced Friday.

The work, which started in May, is scheduled to be finished in March next year, according to the port.

The full closure beginning Sept. 5 will allow the contractor to continue jetty removal operations to make room for a new concrete breakwater and walkway.

Among the improvements underway at the facility:

— an enlarged maneuvering area in the basin;

— longer boarding floats;

— public walking platforms with viewing areas;

— new signage and lighting; and

— docks, public walkways and restrooms that are up to current Americans with Disability Act standards.

Port officials said they hope the finished boat launch will be easier to navigate.

Alternate launch facilities are available for boaters on San Diego Bay at the Chula Vista Marina, Glorietta Bay in Coronado, and Pepper Park in National City. Other launches are available in Mission Bay.

—City News Service

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