Cape Porpoise Pier

The Cape Porpoise Pier project includes the replacement of the bait shed, the addition of a Harbormaster office, replacement of fuel tanks and fuel system, expansion of the pier, and a new float system for recreational boats, and a pump out station. Staff applied for both Maine DOT Small Harbor Improvement (SHIP) funds and Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding to offset the costs of the project.  The Town successfully received a $2.1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant and a $500,000 Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) grant towards the project.  In 2022, when the Town received notice of the grant award, the projected budget was $3.4 million, and the Town’s share was $737,000 which was budgeted in our Pier Reserve fund. 

Since 2022 Town staff and our engineer have been securing needed permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Protection. This summer we received our final permits and submitted our plans, specifications and estimates to Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and EDA for final review and approval.  In the most recent review, MDOT conveyed their concerns regarding our budget estimate due to recent bidding results experience.  Materials and Labor had increased greatly over the past year, especially since supplies are in short supply since COVID. 

Working with MDOT, our engineer, and a third party construction estimator we have reevaluated our budget estimates and included a 15% contingency since bidding will take place in the first quarter of 2024. The new estimate includes all of the original project scope and now sits at $4.5 million.  The November ballot includes a equest to increase our local reserve funding of the project by $710,000.

Project Timeline:

  • Aug 2023- Address Funding Shortfall
  • Sept 2023- EDA and MDOT Approval
  • Jan  2024- Construction Bid
  • Feb 2024- Project Award
  • Nov 2024- Dec 2025 Construction

Cost Estimate: Cape Porpoise Pier Cost Estimate

Presentation from August 24, 2023 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Cape Porpoise Pier Site Plan:
cp pier plan

Drawing of new building at Cape Porpoise Pier:
cp pier building plan