ct essexHARTFORD: The Connecticut Bond Commission approved the Connecticut Port Authority’s request to fund 18 projects under the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP). The projects cover a range of improvements including: marina repair, dredging, boat ramp facilities improvement, harbor management plans and feasibility studies. Details of each project are in the attached document.

"These projects will create jobs and opportunity for working families across Connecticut", said Scott Bates, Chairman of the CPA. "By partnering with local officials to identify and fund projects, we have developed a new roadmap for investing in Connecticut's small harbor infrastructure and the long term growth of our maritime economy."

“We are very pleased to see these projects come to life under SHIPP,” said Evan Matthews, Executive Director of the Connecticut Port Authority. “Part of our core mission is to invest in the waterfront infrastructure that supports our local communities. Using our CPA resources, along with local funding where possible, we’re able to boost the outcome for everyone.”

According to the CPA its mission “is to coordinate the development of Connecticut's ports and harbors, while working with other state, local and private entities to maximize the economic potential of the state's maritime commerce and industries. In pursuit of this mission, the CPA has created the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program or SHIPP as a central part of its strategy to support economic development throughout Connecticut’s waterfront communities.

The Connecticut Port Authority is a quasi-public agency responsible for marketing and coordinating the development of the state’s maritime economy. For more information visit: www.ctportauthority.com.

 

FULL LISTING BELOW:

 SMALL HARBOR IMPROVEMENT
PROJECTS PROGRAM (SHIPP)

CITY -­‐ TOWN

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Connecticut Port

Authority Funding

Local Matching

Funds

Project Total

Essex

Update Harbor Management Plan

This project will update or amend the existing Harbor Management Plan

$ 4 2,500

$ 3 0,000

$85,000

Fairfield

Update Harbor Management Plan

This project will update or amend the existing Harbor Management Plan

$ 6,500

$ 6,500

$13,000

Fairfield

Reconstruct Ramp and Dredging

The Town Boat Yard at Southport Harbor project is to dredge the marina basin and reconstruct the boat launching ramp, thereby providing for increased utility of the boat launching ramp at all stages of the tide cycle and for long‐term efficient use of the south marina docs. The Town Boa Yard provides floating docks, a boat launching ramp, a public landing and other facilities used by Town residents and the general public for access to the harbor.

$ 266,000

$ 1 1,478

$ 277,478

Norwich

Update Harbor Management Plan

This project will update or amend the exiting Harbor Management Plan

$ 7,500

$ 7,500

$15,000

Wethersfield

New Boat Ramp: This project is for the construction of a replacement boat launch ramp at Wethersfield Cove. The Town developed a master plan for improvements to Wethersfield Cove in 2000. The goal was to invigorate use of the marina by improving the facilities. The replacement boat launch is the

final phase of the Cove Marina Facilities project. The boat launch is designed to function during the wide range of Connecticut River water levels making it more accessible to users and emergency services.

$ 765,000

$100,000

$865,000

 West Haven

Feasibility Study for Ramp

This planning grant is to undertake a Feasibility Study to complete a conceptual design of a new boat launch ramp. The State of Connecticut – DEEP has approved the use of State owned property located on Kimberly Avenue adjacent to I-­‐95. The City has an interest in developing a new facility along the federal navigation channel providing sufficient water depths at all the ranges.

 $ 59,800

 

 $59,800

Clinton

Reconstruct Ramp and Dredging

The Town is seeking a planning grant to undertake Engineering Design and Permitting associated with replacing the Town’s boat ramp facility located at the Town Marina. The Clinton Marina provides services for recreational boat dockage, Clinton volunteer Marine Division, and the Clinton Policy Department Marine Division and boat launch.

$ 110,000

 

$ 110,000

Stamford

West Beach Ramp & Docks

The City is seeking a planning grant to undertake Engineering Design and Permitting associated with replacing the City’s boat launch ramp. The project site is in West Beach on Westcott Cove. The City’s Master Plan completed in 2015 recommended improvements to the West Beach boat ramp, including lengthening and adding additional floating docks. The improvement will increase public access and convenience. The project will also address the dredging needs to maintain a viable boat launch ramp.

$ 120,000

 

$ 120,000

Milford

Reconstruct Visitors Dock

The project is to reconstruct the visitor docks at the Donovan Boating Center. The Norwalk visitors dock and public boat launching ramps is the central facility for public boating activities in the harbor and for public access to the Norwalk waterfront. Reconstruction of the docks will ensure optimum use and long-­‐term viability of the water dependent facility.

$ 908,250

$ 908,250

$ 1,816,500

Groton
Town

 

Nautilus Dock

The mooring pier of the Historic Ship Nautilus is connected to the Submarine Force Museum facility by an existing access pier. This existing pier structure is not suitable for accommodating water taxi dockage. The proposed floating dock and associated piles will be connected to the adjacent Ship Nautilus mooring pier. The new floating dock will serve to connect the Submarine Force Museum to the other Thames River Heritage Park anchor sites via water taxi service. With this dock in place, the connection to the rest of the historic and cultural sites on both sides of the Thames River will be complete, allowing a full experience for visiting tourists. The U.S. Navy Commanding Officer, Submarine Base New London, has agreed to take final ownership for the dock and all associated life cycle maintenance costs.

$ 730,000

 

$ 730,000

Groton-­City

Thames Street Dock-­New

This planning grant is to retain the professional services of a coastal consulting firm for the purposes of design development of a non‐ operational sire into a functional waterfront boating and recreational facility. The work is directly related to the City’s long-term plan for the site, which is to develop a passive waterfront park and recreational boating access facility to be known as Thames Street Harbor.

$ 54,400

 

$ 54,400

Waterford

Emergency Service Dock

This planning grant is to retain a selected engineering firm to prepare the necessary project plans and regulatory permit applications. The location of the emergency dock is in the area knows as the Coast Guard Auxiliary Pier in the Birdseye Street river access area to the Housatonic River. This is the principal area for Town access to the Housatonic River is include: boat launch ramp and docks, public fishing pier, public parking and overlook. The Stratford Fired Department has identified this site as desirable for permanency berthing of its fire boat.

$ 13,700

 

$ 13,700

Chester

 

Chester Creek Design and Planning

This planning grant is for the evaluation, engineering design and permitting for the dredging of he entrance to Chester Creek off the Connecticut River. Access to and from the Creek facilities requires maintenance dredging every 10-­‐15 years. It was last dredged in 2001. The Creek is a valuable channel for traffic for the 542 boats home ported therein. The intent is to place the dredge material on an upland area that has accepted this material in the past.

$ 15,000

 

$ 15,000

Madison

Feasibility Study for Marina

This planning grant is to conduct a feasibility study to explore the possibilities for expanding the footprint of the recreational boating area at Garvin Point. The study will investigate the construction of a 40-­‐50 boat marina, the mooring of the Town’s fire boat, and boat launching ramp.

$ 90,000

 

$ 90,000

Stonington

South Pier

This project is a planning grant to complete Phase 1 preliminary design and permitting, Phase 2 final design, construction documents and bid manual. The South Pier is a critical infrastructure element within Stonington Harbor. The pier is part of the Town Doc complex, and provides an important access point for commercial fisherman, protects valuable resources within the harbor and enables public access. If not repaired, the facility would affect the local businesses that utilize the pier.

$ 255,000

 

$ 255,000