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State funding aids pier project

The city demolished the Arrowhead Pier earlier this year to replace it. An additional $68,462 in state revenue will help make that a reality. (Telegram file photo)

More help is on the way to pay for the replacement of the Arrowhead Pier.

The pier was demolished this year, but bids that came in higher than expected delayed city plans to reconstruct the recreational site on the St. Louis River.

The city of Superior has received news that additional state help will be provided for the Arrowhead Pier project, State Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Rep. Nick Milroy, D-Superior, announced today.

On Friday, the Waterways Commission approved a recommendation to provide Superior with an additional $68,462 in state funds to enable completion of the Arrowhead Pier project.

The Waterways Commission grant becomes the fourth state grant awarded to Superior for the reconstruction project.

Following the bid opening, the city delayed the project to seek the additional dollars to do all the work. Earlier this year, Superior received a $130,000 Coastal Management grant and a $37,000 DNR Stewardship grant toward the project. The state also allowed Superior to use $10,000 in savings from a planning grant to demolish the deteriorating pier. The Superior City Council has committed $450,000 to the project.

"This is yet another example of how the state has invested in projects that are important to the citizens of Superior," said Jauch. "There is clearly a commitment to help the city achieve its priorities for improvements to Lake Superior access and stimulate the local economy."

Jauch and Milroy have been working with state officials to secure resources for the project because it has been strongly supported by citizens of the region. The Arrowhead Pier gives citizens of all ages, particularly elderly and disabled individuals, access to fishing and recreational enjoyment.

The lawmakers praised the Commission's decision to target 100 percent of its remaining resources for the Superior project instead of dividing the money up for other projects, they chose to prioritize the Superior project funding to enable it to be completed next summer.

Milroy said the grant underscores the value of state support to Wisconsin's northernmost city. "This state grant affirms a strong state-city partnership that is absolutely necessary because the city would never be able to construct this facility by itself. I am extremely pleased to once again see the State of Wisconsin sharing economic resources to stimulate job creation and improve opportunities for our citizens," concluded Milroy.

City officials said they hoped to begin work on the project in the spring.