The Block Island Times
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Conn. firm awarded $117,000 contract for wharf repair

Goes to a Conn. Firm
Jul 14, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis The Block Island wharf, located along the east side of Old Harbor, will be repaired later this year.

A $117,000 contract has been awarded to a Connecticut firm to repair damage done to the Block Island wharf by Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week. The wharf is located along the east side of Old Harbor in front of Ballard’s Inn.

According to a press release issued by the Corps, the contract was awarded to Douglas P. Fleming, LLC, out of Windham, Conn. Construction of the project is scheduled to start on or about Oct. 1, 2013, and take about three months to complete. The contract was awarded on June 21, 2013.

According to the Corps press release, Project Manager Mike Walsh said, “The work on this project involves repairing a wharf damaged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.”

Because of Sandy, “numerous inboard pile caps have become elevated above the tops of the inboard timber piles. The work involves removing some of the deck planks and timber wheel guards in order to provide access to pile caps. Sand and rip rap will need to be excavated or moved around each of the inboard piles in order to provide the room necessary to reseat the pile caps,” according to the release.

The project will be managed by the Corps and all work will be accomplished under the supervision of a Corps Quality Assurance Representative to assure compliance with contract requirements. — Lars Trodson


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