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Ritter, Stillman Applaud $5.8 Million Grant for State Pier

The multi-million-dollar grant blessed by the State Bond Commission will be used for New London State Pier improvements

State Rep. Betsy Ritter, D-Montville, and State Senator Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, welcomed state funding that will allow for design and construction improvements at the State Pier in New London.

A $5.8 million grant for the project was approved last week at the State Bond Commission meeting at the Legislative Office Building.

“This is a critical investment and a huge step for the state if we are to see our State Pier support the deep water port of New London,” Ritter said. 

In a press release, Ritter said the 2012 Deep Water Port study "emphasized the potential return on state investment in this port and I am delighted to see it becoming reality."

"The jobs the construction work itself will bring are jobs that can lead to a permanent expansion of our state's economy through full utilization of our port," she said.  

Stillman praised the funding as well as a $250,000 allocation for housing upgrades in New London.

“Since New London’s State Pier property is the state’s only publicly owned terminal facility this investment rightly sets the pace for what so many of us agree is a necessary upgrade of all three deep-water ports in our state,” Stillman said. “These capital improvements will lead to an expansion of business activity, job creation, and reduced congestion on state highways, with improved air quality as a direct result.”

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Daniella Ruiz March 18, 2013 at 03:55 PM
"design and construction improvements..." ??? is this just more handouts to consultants, desk workers and methodology studies, rather than actual 'move the dirt' events? until there is hands on activity at these sites, there can be no 'job creation, shipping expansion, increased tonnage accrual' or any other activity that will 'drizzle down' upon the working class that actually do work for a living (if they can find decent jobs) moving money to and fro, makes for wonderful media display, yet it continues to propagate the squandering and essentially overspending mindset that has embraced our state and country. people don't need no stinking badges, people need JOBS!
--Robert March 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM
According to another article on this, the improvements here include: "Just in New London, the $6.1 million in improvements barely scratch the surface of what is needed. A 2011 deficiency study of the State Pier calls for the 100-year-old facility to add new signage, dredge both sides of the pier, improving the security features, relocating the public boat launch, and constructing a new 100,000-square-foot warehouse, among many other upgrades." Relocating the boat launch? To where? When? Will it be closed for part of the summer? Whats the plan and what's the timetable?

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