Contractors are working toward completing a long-awaited project to provide Plymouth with a new and larger commercial fishing pier.

The 18,360-square-foot T Wharf is being built on the site of the former antiquated pier, next to the Town Wharf and behind Wood’s Seafood. The old 7,780-square-foot pier was demolished at the start of construction this spring.

“This is the single-most important project we’ve had on the harbor in quite some time,” said David Gould, the town’s director of marine and environmental affairs, who added the new pier will improve Plymouth’s existing lobster and groundfish industries as well as emerging ones such as shellfish aquaculture.

He said the project, expected to be completed by the end of the year, is also helping to spur private investment, citing plans by Wood’s Seafood to expand its fish market.

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