Workers hired by the RI Department of Environmental Management and the Nature Conservancy have started to reconstruct and expand the fishing pier at Colt State Park in Bristol RI. The site will give disabled anglers and others improved access to one of the state’s prime fishing areas.
The fishing pier was built in the 1980s. Although the structure of the existing pier will remain, all of the pier decking and railings will be removed and replaced as part of the reconstruction project. The expansion includes construction of an accessible, 66-foot T-shaped extension to the existing pier for disabled anglers. The rails will be lowered to a height of 34 inches in four stations at the end of the pier extension to allow for fishing from a wheelchair.
The fishing pier improvement project is a joint effort between DEM and The Nature Conservancy. The two agencies formed a five-year partnership to create and improve public access sites for fishing, boating, and hunting throughout Rhode Island. The project at Colt State Park is the first project to go forward as part of this partnership effort. They expect the pier to be completed next spring.