Pier work pauses for holiday

BAR HARBOR — A $236,223 custom rebuild of the railings around the town pier is nearly finished. The entire area is open to pedestrian traffic in time for the Independence Day weekend.

The work is “95 percent completed,” public works director Chip Reeves said. It will be paused indefinitely for the holiday weekend and into the busy season beyond. The project, led by Hopkins contractors, was supposed to wrap up by June 15. But between the rain this spring and coordinating with various parties, “it just took longer than expected,” Reeves said.

The project includes substantial upgrades to electrical service at the visitor floats and a conduit system for eventual installation of a septic pump-out system for personal watercraft.

There are a number of little details on the railings and new walls that were built that must be completed, and the contractors are also waiting on gates for some of the gangways. Reeves said he would try to fit in the final steps as the busy tourist season proceeds.

“We’ll try to get things lined up for all at once when we think there’s a window,” he said.

The renovation of the railings has been planned for years, but did not begin in earnest until after an accident in the fall of 2013 that saw a 70-year-old woman tumble 15 feet into the water. The woman was sitting against a railing when the railing broke, sending her backwards off into the water.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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