U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, appeared in Martinez this week to announce they helped secure more than $3.54 million for two projects in Contra Costa County, including more than $2.5 million to help renovate the Martinez Municipal Fishing Pier.

The other $1 million is for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office’s Transitional Aged Youth Diversion Program. The program helps shift the office’s focus away from punitive measures and seeks to focus on healing, restoration, and accountability as well as a means to address recidivism rates.

The money comes from the final 2023 appropriations government funding bill, which now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature.

“Working with local Contra Costa County leaders to identify projects that will help our community is one of my top priorities every year,” Thompson said in a statement. “These projects will revitalize Martinez fishing pier and support local youth in pursuing a healthy and successful life.”

Repairing the pier — which has periodically been closed for safety reasons, especially during storms — has been a city priority for years. Damage has been found to the decking above and to more than a dozen pilings supporting the pier below the water line.

The money will go for construction work, deck railings, and to make the whole pier compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The popular regional draw was built in 1934, with parts rebuilt in 1976.