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Port ready to modernize wharves
July 16, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report
With $10 million of revenue bonds in place, the Port of Redwood City is ready to begin modernizing its two wharves to improve waterfront access and create a new visitor-friendly promenade.

The update will let the port better serve its existing and future customers while remaining flexible to respond to changing market conditions, according to Port Executive Director Mike Giari.

The project’s first phase of redevelopment includes demolishing the wharves and associated piles, knocking down a warehouse and building a new 426-foot long by 58-foot wide prestressed concrete wharf with two new access ramps to the shore. The second phase relocates the existing conveyor system and realigns operations to reduce berth conflicts.

The makeover isn’t limited to just the wharves. The port will also improve the public access areas between the marina and fishing pier. A major feature will be the new 12-foot wide waterfront promenade running parallel to the shorelines with new handicap access and parking. Visitors can see the water from a semi-private sitting area on the new lawn which will includes landscaping.

The project also calls for removing the existing large concrete planter barriers and replacing the fishing pier steps with a handicap ramp connected to the new promenade.

Construction is expected to run through December 2013.

The Port Commission awarded the $13.9 million contract to Manson Construction Company and will use $10 million in revenue bonds ratified by the City Council.



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