Narragansett – The State Department of Purchases recently submitted an invitation to bid for construction quotes on the $6 million South Bulkhead Reconstruction project at the Port of Galilee. Conducted under the purview of the Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) Division of Planning and Development, the project is scheduled to begin in early 2014.
The deadline for bid submissions is October 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. Bid proposals will be posted and available for viewing online.
The port infrastructure project, funded by a $2.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant and matching State of Rhode Island Capital and General Funds, provide for the reconstruction of the 925-ft. South Bulkhead, extending from State Pier 3 to Salty Brine Beach. Also included in the plans is the rehabilitation of 3,200 square feet of the heavy duty work Pier HH.
“We just finished up the pre-bid process on the South Bulkhead project,” said Daniel Costa, Port Manager, RI Coastal Resources/DEM at Tuesday’s Galilee Advisory Board meeting. “The plan is to start the project in January.” Responding to questions from board members, Costa affirmed that the bulkhead process funding included the $2.9 million grant.
Additional infrastructure improvements at the Port include an overhaul of State Pier 3. The Pier 3 project is due to begin directly after Columbus Day weekend, when the High Speed Ferry leaves for the season. The High Speed Ferry’s last season run is on Monday, according to a spokesperson for Interstate Navigation.
“The project entails the Pier 3 ferry dock,” said Costa. “It includes resurfacing of the entire dock, replacement of dolphin and corner clusters, transverse and longitudinal bracing, and support pilings. It will begin after the High Speed Ferry is finished for the season.”
The Pier 3 overhaul funding is provided through Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Intermodal Transportation Funds that allow for capital improvement of ferry terminal sites and ferry services throughout the state.