SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Construction is set to begin soon on a new pier in Scarborough, Maine.
Once it’s completed, the new pier will be 15-feet wide and extend 220 feet from the shoreline to a 72-foot T.
It will be large enough to allow commercial fishermen to drive their trucks out to their vessels.
The existing 6-foot wide pier will remain in place a short distance away.
The cost of the new pier will be about $800,000. The town set aside $400,000 several years ago and got grants of $252,500 from Land for Maine’s Future and about $150,000 from the Maine Department of Transportation’s Small Harbor Improvement Program, said Bruce Gullifer, the town’s director of community services.
The Land for Maine’s Future grant involved protecting from development a portion of the gravel lot that’s used by commercial fishermen and a portion of the paved lot to the right of the pier.
Police sergeant and harbormaster John O’Malley tells the Portland Press Herald Scarborough now has 35 commercial fishermen, 26 commercial clam diggers and 220 recreational clam diggers.
Work on the pier is expected to be 95 percent finished by April.