A number of town wharves need attention, but improvements to the Town Pier by the Iron Horse Statue, Barnes Wharf from which Hingham Maritime Center operates, and the one at Veterans Park near Whitney Wharf are of top priority.
“These are the lowest wharves, and the most vulnerable,” said Town Engineer Roger Fernandes recently in an update to the selectmen.
“We’ve been at this for three years,” noted Harbor Development Committee Chairman William Reardon, with plans to raise the height of all three wharves for starters.
Making the wharves more resilient increases the town’s protection from sea-level rise and storm events and reduces risks to public health and safety.
“This project is needed, but it’s a lot of money,” observed Selectmen Chairman Paul Healey.
Still, long-planned wharf repairs seem even more crucial than ever following a tough winter during which major flooding occurred in the harbor area.
“Right now someone with a baby carriage or riding a bike could go right off the Town Pier,” Reardon said. (read more)
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