CHATHAM – Most of the municipal fish pier will be closed to the public for the next few months as construction crews replace the facility's popular observation deck.
Sciaba Construction Corporation was scheduled to begin staging equipment at the pier first thing Monday, but heavy snow at the company's headquarters in Walpole delayed its arrival. The company was expected to be on scene early in the week, but exactly when the old deck would be removed was uncertain.
The $1.6 million project includes replacement of the observation deck as well as underground fuel storage tanks located in the upper parking lot. The work is expected to be completed in mid May.
During the work there will be no public access to the entire lower lot, the fish pier packing building and most of the upper lot. The south side of the upper lot will have limited parking for the public to provide access to the wharfinger's building, the upper viewing deck, rest rooms and the fishermen's monument.
The observation deck is one of the town's most popular tourist attractions, drawing as many as 3,000 people per day during the height of the summer season. Its capacity has been limited to 100 for several years due to structural concerns. The new deck will be larger and will have a second stairway for emergency access as well as a small elevator to comply with accessibility laws.
Questions about the project can be directed to Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon at 508-945-5176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.