2015-12-17 / Naval Community

$30 Million Construction Project Complete at Wharf

Construction workers, Naval officials, a pivotal U.S. Senator and Coast Guard officials cut the ribbon Monday afternoon to mark the completion of a $30 million upgrade of the U.S. Coast Guard wharf at Naval Station Newport.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Admiral Linda Fagan, the 1st U.S. Coast Guard District Commander, Coast Guard officials and representatives of Naval Station Newport joined in on Dec. 14 to mark the completion of the major project.

The upgrades dramatically improve the facilities used by the Coast Guard as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to maintain and deploy cutters and other vessels.

Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was instrumental in securing the $30 million to improve the waterfront area.

“This upgrade is critical for the Coast Guard personnel working to defend our coastline, as well as the many other agencies that utilize the base,” Reed said in prepared remarks. “I was pleased to help direct federal funds home to Rhode Island to make these enhancements and build this new facility. While we count on the Coast Guard and other national security agencies to always be ready, we also need to maintain and improve our infrastructure to make sure that they have the facilities and equipment necessary to carry out their varied missions.”

The work makes both shore-side and waterfront improvements to the wharf, including construction of an operations building, demolition of an old Navy building, a new parking area, stormwater management system to treat runoff, and installing shore tie utilities, cleats, bollards and fenders.

Crews also dredged 5,000 cubic yards of material between the piers to ease maneuvering and berthing of vessels and extended a sheet pile wall to elongate the mooring face.

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