Repaired White Rock Pier to reopen this Labour Day long weekend

Aug 2 2019, 2:43 am

One of White Rock’s most popular attractions is scheduled for a public reopening in time for the start of the Labour Day long weekend.

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In a report dated July 22, staff with the City of White Rock stated the landmark pier is expected to open to the public on Saturday, August 31, 2019, following the completion of months-long initial repairs and replacement work.

 

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The 470-metre-long pier was substantially damaged by a powerful windstorm in December 2018 to the extent that large sections were swept away, severing the structure.

In March, the municipal government awarded a contractor a $3.1-million project to demolish damaged timber components and reconstruct large sections of the pier with steel piles and a precast concrete structure, along with timber decking and hand rails, the replacement of damaged timber piles in select locations, additional rebar, a concrete additive to increase the longevity of the concrete, and pressure washing.

New timber plank installation is anticipated to occur over a one-week long period this month.

The new structural design of the rebuilt sections are built to the current building code, providing much of the pier with better protection against earthquakes and future storms.

As well, the city is spending $231,000 on new replacement arch and light fixtures, but these features will not be installed until late October due to a minimum 12-week manufacturing lead time.

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White Rock Pier reconstruction design – concrete and steel structure. (City of White Rock)

Future phases completed over the next two years will completely replace the remaining old timber pier segments with the new steel pile and precast concrete structure design standard.

The municipal government has approved $16.2 million in total post-windstorm pier repairs, with the vast majority of the cost covered by the city’s insurance on the old structure.

For the remaining costs not covered by insurance, the provincial government has committed $1 million towards the project and another $2 million is outstanding and needs to be fundraised.

The first pier in the area was built in 1914 as a dock for the coastal steamships that arrived when the Great Northern Railway began operation, and the existing timber structure was constructed about 70 years later.

 

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