NORWALK, Conn. – The new Calf Pasture Beach pier should be done by the end of February, depending on the weather, Harbor Master Mike Griffin said.
“The concrete work at Calf Pasture Beach for the seawalls are 85 percent complete,” Griffin wrote in a Jan. 23 email to Department of Recreation and Parks Director Mike Mocciae. “Work on the jetty sidewalk cannot be completed until we have a thaw. All piles have been set in place for the new pier as well as the land concrete connection. We are estimating the project will be completed depending on weather the end of February.”
The pier, jetty and seawall were heavily damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The city obtained Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant money to repair and rebuild the structures, but in October 2012 Superstorm Sandy came before the work had been done, and damaged the structures more, complicating matters.
A June 2013 request for proposals (RFP) specified a $1 million budget for the project. It called for construction to begin approximately Aug. 15 and to be substantially completed by Dec. 1.
Mocciae said in April that the cost for the pier would be $1.2 million, with some reimbursement expected from FEMA. “I don’t know how much yet, but I would say at least $500,000,” he said.
The Common Council authorized a $208,469 capital expenditure for the project last August.
The pier’s elevation will be increased by 3 feet at its base with the sidewalk.
“We’re starting at three, we’re doing an incline that is accessible – a foot, spread out across about 150 feet,” Mocciae said. “Once we get to one transition point, we go up another foot. At the end, we’ll be up 5, 5½ feet higher than it is, which is the main platform area.”
The design is maintenance friendly, with galvanized handrails to prevent splinters, and it will be handicapped accessible, with lowered railings in spots so people in wheelchairs can fish, he said.