State allocates funding for Harper Pier

With the new state budget approved, $800,000 was allocated for the reconstruction of Harper Pier.

According to the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office, the project is ranked 12th on the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) list.

“It appears we are being awarded $500,000 from state ALEA grant but I am awaiting confirmation,” said Tim Thomson, the Port of Bremerton’s chief executive officer.

Thomson said the Port will have to pay 10 percent of project cost ($130,000) if the grant is awarded.

“Construction will commence when we get all permits approved,” Thomson added.

The estimated cost to complete the reconstruction project is about $1.3 million.

If other projects listed ahead of the list drop off the ALEA list, the pier could move up. Without ALEA funds, Port commissioners would have to decide on whether to scale down the project design, phase it in or use Port money.

According to an application with Kitsap County Department of Community Development, the Port is proposing to construct a 441-foot-long fixed pier at the same location as the previous Harper Pier. The new pier will contain approximately 21 steel pilings and 3,900 square feet of overwater structure, including a small moorage float located on the south end of the pier near the east end.

The pier will consist of an 8-foot-wide by 380-foot-long cat walk, a 16-foot-wide by 60-foot-long pier, a 6-foot-wide by 80-foot-long gangway and a 10-by-40-foot float.

During the past 12 years, the Port reported it spent about $400,000 for maintenance.

The Washington Department of National Resources owns the dock, but the Port leases the dock and is responsible for its upkeep, not repairs.

The historic pier was closed to the public in November and finally torn down in February. The state’s Department of Natural Resources gave the Port $400,000 to remove creosote pilings and for the design and permitting. The money came from the Department of Natural Resources Creosote Removal Fund.


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