Forrest, Porter piers closed; renovations underway

Two Back Bay piers, Forrest and Porter Avenue, have closed and are being rebuilt.

Crews with J.E. Borries, a firm that specializes in marine construction, begin work on the Forrest Avenue pier last week.

“The Forrest Avenue Pier has not been renovated in over twenty years,” Port Manager Larry Sablich said. “The entire structure was not sound so it was necessary for us to restrict public access and bring in contractors who specialize in marine construction to take on a job of this magnitude.”

The $306,948 project includes the replacement of the decking, handrails, and pavilion. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

The boat launch will remain open during the work.

Once the Forrest Avenue Pier is rebuilt, crews will move over to the Porter Avenue North Pier and complete a similar scope of work. That project will cost $93,798 and is expected to be completed by the end of August.

Both projects are being funded by the city.

The public is asked to use the Old Ice Wharf pier, located on Bayview Avenue at Parker Street, while the projects take place.

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