State Pier Planning Study & Design





The Connecticut Department of Transportation selected Milone & MacBroom to analyze the State Pier facility and determine the best uses for the facility and the Department could then solicit proposals from prospective port operators. The focus of the study was to develop recommendations for commercial marine use compatible with current and future trends and adjacent uses, given the Port’s excellent intermodal connectivity. The study identified infrastructure needs and deficiencies; explored alternative uses and the costs and benefits of each; identified environmental opportunities and constraints; and developed a strategy for contributing to the economic prosperity of the Port of New London. The firm then prepared Requests for Proposals for a new port operator.

Following the study phase, the firm was hired for preliminary engineering and design services requiring extensive due diligence including field reconnaissance, hydrographic survey, underwater and landside structure inspections, geotechnical studies including in-water and landside drilling, utility investigations, natural resource identification, and environmental studies. Design services include structural, civil, marine and rail engineering design. The design team developed alternative site layout, grading and drainage schemes and developed and evaluated alternatives for structural repairs and rehabilitation of the various waterfront structures. The design addresses:

  • Enhanced Vessel Accommodations
  • Improved Access and Circulation
  • Dredging, Disposal
  • Restored Rail Connectivity (both piers)
  • Defined Storage and Laydown Areas
  • Upland Grading and Surface Improvements
  • Stormwater Controls, Treatment
  • Pier and Bulkhead Rehabilitation
  • Harbor Equipment Upgrades
  • Enhanced Security and Customs
  • Vegetation Management
  • Protection of the Environment

To learn more about this project, please contact the Project Manager Anthony Ciriello Jr., P.E.







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