March 22, 2019

Port Authority taps GZA for New London pier project

The Connecticut Port Authority announced earlier this month that GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. has been selected to provide design and engineering solutions for repairs and modifications of Pier 7 located at Fort Trumbull in New London.

Working with facility owner the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Connecticut Port Authority plans to spend $750,000 on the project and will oversee the study.

Pier 7 is a key element of the state''s maritime infrastructure. CPA officials say this project will identify upgrades needed to enhance its overall safety and structural integrity to allow for continued calls by Coast Guard and U.S. Navy vessels, with the potential to attract other larger vessels such as cruise ships.

"At the Port Authority, our job is to invest in maritime projects that grow the state's economy, said Evan Matthews, executive director of the Connecticut Port Authority. "By taking this first step to assess the design and engineering of Pier 7, we are committing to the economic possibilities that will exist when the project is complete. We are excited for GZA GeoEnvironmental to begin the design work for upgrades at Pier 7."

Said Tom Tyler, director of DEEP's State Parks and Public Outreach Division, in a statement: "We at DEEP are appreciative of the CT Port Authority's interest in the long-term viability of Pier 7 at Fort Trumbull State Park. The Piers at Fort Trumbull in New London are a wonderful resource for the public, whether that is fishing access from the Fishing Pier, or to support visiting ships on Pier 7. This design work will provide the information needed to assure that Pier 7 can continue to provide this important ship access into the future."

The upgrades needed at Pier 7 include electrical system, fresh water supply piping, sewage disposal piping, lighting and infrastructure upgrades. The design and engineering study will determine the full extent of improvements and the cost of the repairs. Once the study is complete, further CPA investment will be needed for construction.

Founded in 1964, GZA is an employee-owned consulting firm providing geotechnical, environmental, water, ecological, and construction management services to both private and public clients. The firm has offices in Trumbull, Glastonbury and Manchester.

Contact Michael C. Bingham at mbingham@newhavenbiz.com

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