Cost increases at State Pier project blamed on delays

The estimated cost to complete the reconstruction of State Pier will rise by a minimum of $6.8 million, and more likely end up being double that amount, the Connecticut Port Authority learned on Tuesday. Most of the increase is being blamed on the delay to the start of the project and the need for expediency in finishing the pier in time to accommodate needs of joint venture partners Ørsted and Eversource. The land-based portion of construction of the 12-turbine South Fork began earlier this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Ørsted and Eversource are contributing more than $70 million toward the project, with the state picking up the remainder along with any additional costs. With Diamantis gone, Lamont named Noel Petra, deputy secretary of the state Department of Administrative Services, to continue work on the State Pier project on behalf of the state. Petra, for the time being, also is taking over the role of oversight on the state’s school construction projects. Kooris reiterated on Tuesday that the Connecticut Port Authority had not been issued a subpoena or contacted by the FBI about Diamantis.

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