In February, the Town closed the East Pier to vehicles because of “the appearance of voids in the asphalt surface. These voids are indicative of water infiltrating the underside of the pier and removing the supporting fill material. Without conducting an engineering inspection we cannot confirm that the pier is capable of supporting vehicles and our first priority is safety.” Three Engineering consultants were asked to provide quotes to assess the condition but staff said that “it was not possible to compare the prices as each company was proposing a different approach.” They were then asked to respond to a clarified scope of work but only Shoreplan responded. Their quote was $48,793 and Council will be asked on Monday to approve awarding them the contract.
Shoreplan will conduct an above and below water inspection, assess structural and deck integrity, recommend repairs and estimate associated construction cost. It may include making boreholes if required.
Shoreplan estimates their work will take 8 weeks (weather dependent) although it must be done in the summer months. Once approved, it is hoped that design work will be done during winter and the repair work completed in 2019 – presumably by late summer. This would be subject to a budget for the work being approved.
The Waterfront Study proposed a complete renovation of the East Pier – essentially making it an attraction for pedestrians (see the drawing above right from the study).
There were cost estimates given in that study for “East Pier Improvements” spread over 2 phases – the total was $1.3M of which $700K was for structural repairs. This planned assessment should give a more accurate number but it’s not likely to be cheap.
- East Pier closed for vehicles and events – 18 February 2018
- First Look at Waterfront Study Report – 17 May 2018
- Strong Interest in Release of Waterfront Study – 3 June 2018 (Includes links to download final study)
- Marathon Council Meeting Dominated by Waterfront Study – 5 June 2018
- Shoreplan Web site