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News Release
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

December 29, 2000

Contact:

Sally Spadaro 222-4700 ext. 2426
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM CAUTIONS THAT PARKING IS LIMITED TO COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN DURING RECONSTRUCTION AT STATE PIER 9 IN NEWPORT

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has cautioned that with major reconstruction underway at State Pier 9 in Newport, parking is now significantly limited and available only to the fishermen who have boats at the pier.

"The entire area is a construction site," said Robert Sutton, DEM Chief of Planning and Development. "Workers are starting to drive steel sheathing and are working on the drainage system. There are two big cranes and an excavator on site. Steel sheathing is being stockpiled. The contractor is working around the fishermen, to keep inconvenience to the commercial fishermen to a minimum, but there really is no room for the public to park at the pier now."

The $2.9 million reconstruction project at State Pier 9 in Newport will improve working conditions and services for the fishing fleet and lead to cleaner water around the commercial pier. Pier 9 is home to 50 commercial fishing boats, both inshore lobster boats and offshore draggers, and is the only state-owned commercial pier in the Newport area.

The reconstruction project, which began this fall, is expected to take two years. The entire bulkhead, now in disrepair, will be replaced with steel sheet piling and a new pile and timber fender system will be installed along the entire 580-foot length of the pier. A year-round water system will be installed, replacing the seasonal system now in place, and the electrical service will be replaced. The current gravel surface, which is difficult to clean, will be paved, and a stormwater runoff treatment system will be installed. The treatment system uses centrifugal force to separate oil from water, ensuring that stormwater from the pier that discharges into Newport Harbor will be cleaner. Funding for the project is from the Governor's pay-as-you-go Rhode Island Capital fund, approved in DEM's capital budget by the General Assembly.

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