New Gulf State Park Pier Construction Slated for November-Will be the Only Public Pier in Alabama on the Gulf
CONTACT: Terry Boyd at 334-242-3836
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announced today construction to rebuild the Gulf State Park Pier will begin in mid November. The original pier, destroyed by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 16, 2004, was a popular fishing and recreation destination. According to ADCNR Engineer Terry Boyd, the new pier will be much improved from the old one. “We are excited to begin the rebuilding of such and important coastal asset,” said Boyd. “The new pier will be wider and longer than its predecessor and will be the only public pier in Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico.”
The pier project was put out for bid on Aug. 10, 2007. The project was awarded to LCI, Inc. out of Memphis, Tennessee on Oct. 2, 2007 with a base bid of $16,380,506.00. The new pier is expected to be completed in about 15 months. The dimensions will be 20 feet wide and 1,512 feet long. (The old pier was 14 feet wide and 875 feet long.)
Commissioner M. Barnett Lawley said the project seems to have been slow in coming, but when completed, will be well worth the wait. “The recreational impact the new pier will provide Alabamians and visitors to our state will be enormous,” said Lawley. “The construction of the new pier in Gulf State Park moves us forward to the total restoration of Gulf State Park facilities after Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina.” New cabins within the park were completed and ready for occupancy in 2006. The new beach pavilion opened in 2006 and future plans include a new hotel and conference center.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com