2013-09-19 / Around Town

Fort Adams Pier Gets Final Approval

By Tom Shevlin

In a decisive vote, the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council last week gave its approval to a plan by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to construct a 240-foot long pier at Fort Adams that once complete, will serve as the home berth for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.

The project, which has been in the works for over a year, is part of a broader plan aimed at transforming the popular state park into a hub of yachting activity.

According to DEM Chief of Planning and Engineering Joe Dias, with proper approvals now in hand, engineers are busy drawing up final plans that could put the project out to bid as early as Oct. 1, with a project start date some time around the first of the year.

“From that point, it should take about 6-8 months to complete,” Dias said.

In addition to serving as a prominent home for the state’s official tall ship, the pier will also feature a dedicated harbor shuttle dock, wave attenuator, and a series of pump-out stations for public use.

In all, the pier is expected to cost roughly $2 million to construct – money that was originally allocated by Gov. Chafee as the state was vying to host the America’s Cup.

A second phase calls for dredging the area around the pier to make it suitable for larger sailing events such as the forthcoming stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race, expected in May of 2015.

The new pier will be located just north of the Alofsin Piers at the entrance to Brenton Cove, and is among the final upgrades due at the park since the state began investing heavily at the facility to make it a destination for world class regattas and other special events. A final phase will include road improvements to make the fort more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.

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