McKee celebrates modernization of Pier 2 in Quonset

This photo is from the ribbon cutting of the expanded Pier 2 at the Port of Davisville, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (Gov. Dan McKee)

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee celebrated the modernization of Pier 2 at Quonset’s Port of Davisville Tuesday morning.

The pier’s $83.1 million expansion and modernization has created more space for ships, which will create jobs and bring in more revenue in the Ocean State. The expansion prepares the port for future wind energy projects, as well as maintaining a high level of auto imports.

“Quonset’s Port of Davisville is a tangible example of Rhode Island’s economic momentum and investing in Quonset is investing in good paying Rhode Island jobs,” said McKee.

The state’s budget for the 2023 fiscal year included a $60 million infrastructure investment in the port.

“I’m proud to cut the ribbon at Pier 2 and I’m looking forward to seeing the new $60 million investment my Administration secured in this year’s budget to ensure Quonset continues to be an economic driver for the state, positioning us to continue leading the nation in the race for offshore wind,” the governor added.

House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi highlighted the importance of the port’s expansion, saying in part, “The newest expansion of Pier 2 will create more jobs and allow more imports for decades to come.”

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