Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the State Bond Commission agenda held March 13 included a request for $6.1 million in funding for improvements to the Port of New London’s State Pier. The allocation will go towards the design, reconstruction and enhancement of the warehouse and pier, which is expected to create or retain approximately 74 construction-related jobs.

“The maritime industry is a vital component of our state’s economy,” said Malloy. “It not only supports thousands of jobs, but based on the results of the study we commissioned last year, we know there is a potential for growth. In this difficult fiscal climate, it does not make sense to have these assets operating under capacity. Investing in these resources means jobs for residents—it’s that simple.”

The project will include retrofitting the oldest of the pier’s main warehouses with a “green” lighting system, improving infrastructure at the pier’s warehouse structures to better support the loading, and offloading of shipments and upgrading and modernizing the long-unused wing walls at the pier. Funding will also be allocated for smaller capital projects such as general maintenance of the pier’s structures and equipment.

The projects at the New London State Pier are part of the Governor’s directive to follow the recommendations of the Connecticut Deep Water Port Strategy Study, which was commissioned by the state Department of Labor in 2011 and released last year to analyze the strengths and deficiencies of the deep-water ports in Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London and guide the development of a long-term economic development strategy at the state’s main ports.

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