- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle city officials say the replacement for a pier destroyed in Superstorm Sandy will soon be open to the public.

The News Journal reports (https://delonline.us/2i23RO6 ) that City Administrator Bill Barthel says the $1.2 million pier will be “99 percent” complete by the end of the week. He says a grand opening ceremony for the pier with a dock along the Delaware River will be held in the spring.

Barthel says the project will ultimately provide an opportunity for the Wilmington-based Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of a 1600s Swedish merchant ship, and other tall ships to dock in the city.

The pier is funded by state money and a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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