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State prepared to invest millions in New London port

By Jennifer McDermott

Publication: theday.com

Published March 12. 2013 4:00PM   Updated March 12. 2013 4:10PM

The state plans to spend $6.1 million to improve New London’s port and State Pier.

The funding is on the agenda for Wednesday’s State Bond Commission. If approved, it will be used for the design, reconstruction and enhancement of the warehouse and state pier at the port.

The project is expected to create or retain about 74 construction-related jobs, according to the state.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state is investing in the port based on the recommendations of the Connecticut Deep Water Port Strategy Study. The state commissioned the study and released its recommendations in October to guide the development of the state’s deep water ports in New London, New Haven and Bridgeport.

Malloy said Tuesday, “We know there is a potential for growth.”

“In this difficult fiscal climate, it does not make sense to have these assets operating under capacity. Investing in these resources means jobs for residents; it’s that simple,” he said in a statement.

The plans for the port include retrofitting the oldest of the pier’s main warehouses with a new lighting system; improving infrastructure to better support the loading and offloading of shipments; and modernizing the wing walls.

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