Sen. Formica Applauds State Investment to Revitalize New London State Pier

June 2, 2018

State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) applauded the state’s efforts to enhance the maritime economy of Connecticut by investing in the State Pier in New London.

Today, the State Bond Commission approved an investment of $15 million to revitalize the State Pier in New London. The project will be administered by the Connecticut Port Authority.

“I want to thank all those involved in working together to identify the need for improvement in New London and committing to this important investment,” said Sen. Formica. “Thank you to the Connecticut Port Authority, the governor’s office and all local officials and lawmakers. The strong bipartisan support for this project demonstrates the clear value of a revitalized Connecticut State Pier. This investment will prepare this area for the potential use in the development of workers and equipment for offshore wind projects already being planned in the Northeast. It will also benefit our marine industry, shipping businesses and bring new energy to downtown New London.”

The funding approved today includes demolition of selected structures, site improvements, storm water treatment and drainage improvements, upgrades to increase laydown capabilities, construction of a heavy lift pad, improvements to load bearing capacity, and replacement of mooring dolphins.

“Strong bipartisan support is helping move the maritime economy forward in Connecticut. These investments will benefit Connecticut families for years to come as we improve services at our ports and position them as part of the backbone of the state’s economy,” said Scott Bates, Chairman of the Port Authority.  The Connecticut Port Authority is a quasi-public agency whose mission is to grow Connecticut’s economy and create jobs by strategically investing in the state’s three deep water ports and small harbors. For more information visit