Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visited the Southcoast Thursday, talking economic development in Fall River and other communities.

One area where Polito sees a lot of promise is the Commonwealth's state piers. The City of New Bedford is exploring the feasability of taking control of the State Pier downtown from the State, and revitalizing it.

Polito tells WBSM News the Seaport Economic Development Council, which she chairs, is currently studying the status of state piers along the Commonwealth's coastline. "The study includes an analysis of the structure of the pier(s), as well as the economic opportunity that comes with the use of a pier," says Polito.

The study should be completed by June.

New Bedford's State Pier requires millions of dollars in repairs and renovations should the City turn it into a multi-use pier.