Two Stonington Harbor projects approved by state Bond Commission

Two Stonington Harbor projects approved by state Bond Commission

The Westerly Sun

STONINGTON — Two local proposals were included in the state Bond Commission’s approval Wednesday of the Connecticut Port Authority’s request for funding under the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program.

Improvements to the inner harbor breakwater and Town Dock south pier were among the 18 approved projects totalling $4 million in funding.

The south pier project will receive $255,000 for a planning grant to complete phase I preliminary design and permitting, phase II final design, construction documents and bid manual. The pier is part of the Town Cock complex and provides a key access point for commercial fishermen and enables public access to the water. If not repaired, the facility would affect the local businesses that utilize the pier, according to a release from the Port Authority.

The Stonington Breakwater reconstruction project will receive $135,000 as a planning grant to complete phase II final design, construction documents and bid manual. Congress originally authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the structure in 1830, according to a release from the authority. The breakwater’s purpose was to provide a barrier to protect the east side of the harbor by providing shelter from storm-driven waves. Maintenance of the structure was abandoned by the government, resulting in substantial and accelerating damage. This year the federal government deauthorized the structure, clearing the way for the town to move ahead with reconstruction.

The funded projects will create jobs and opportunities for working families across the state, said Scott Bates, chairman of the Port Authority.

“By partnering with local officials to identify and fund projects, we have developed a new roadmap for investing in Connecticut’s small harbor infrastructure and the long-term growth of our maritime economy,” he said.

chewitt@thewesterlysun.com


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