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The aging infrastructure in the Port of Galilee in Providence, Rhode Island, has negatively impacted the viability of the commercial fishing industry in the Port and the businesses tied to the fishing industry. Specific concerns center on the integrity of the bulkhead along portions of the wharf and the structurally deficient state-owned piers and docks.
A January 2017 comprehensive engineering assessment of the Port facilities identified more than $11 million in repairs and upgrades to deteriorating piers, bulkheads, and utilities that are necessary for the port to continue operating safely and efficiently as Rhode Island’s largest commercial fishing port, comprised of 37 piers and related facilities supporting 260 commercial fishing vessels.
In FY 2018, EDA awarded $1,661,500 in Public Works funds to the University of Rhode Island, Department of Environmental Management to replace three piers, repair damaged bulkheads, install pilings, and upgrade electrical service to maintain the functionality of the Port. This EDA investment is critical to the region's commercial fishing and tourism industries, and retaining the economic viability of the Port. This project is anticipated to help create 22 new jobs, retain 72 existing jobs and leverage $1.2 million in private investment.