Dredging to start next month in HinghamSeptember 09, 2019 | Jessica Trufant | Website
HINGHAM — Boaters are being told to get their boats and moorings out of Hingham Harbor by the end of the month so crews can begin dredging the area.
The town has the Inner Harbor Mooring Basin dredged once every decade or so to remove sediment and keep adequate water depths for boaters.
The town last month received three bids for the project and awarded the contract to Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co., LLC. for about $2.8 million.
In July, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited Hingham Town Hall to announce a $2 million grant for the town to remove about 62,000 cubic yards of sediment.
Polito, who is also the chair of the state’s Seaport Economic Council, said at the time that she’s heard a lot about dredging needs from local officials because there had been no state money available for these kinds of projects.
Dredging in Hingham will start as early as Oct. 1. The town needs to have all moored boats, moorings and other objects out of the water before work starts..
“To meet this deadline all permit holders are strongly encouraged to schedule a haul date well in advance of Oct. 1, to allow their mooring service provider to remove their mooring well before Oct. 1,” Harbormaster Kenneth Corson said in a notice to residents.
Boats in marinas should confirm with their marina when to vacate their slip, as this vacate date may be different. Town pier floats will be removed from the water by Sept. 27.
Corson said the town expects dredging to take until Jan. 31, so it is critical to have the basin clear for the contractor to complete the project on time.