EDMONDS — After enduring a summer without access to the city’s popular fishing pier last year because of a major renovation, more repairs are on the way.
Although the pier won’t be closed entirely during the project, parts of it will be closed off from time to time.
The repair project is scheduled to begin Monday.
The repairs also might require some fishing bays to be closed on some days to avoid conflict between fishing gear and the workers below.
“Fishing will always be accessible,” said Carrie Hite, the city’s parks, recreation, and cultural services director.
About three-fourths of the north-south section of the pier will be open at any given time during the project, she said.
Concrete needs to be replaced along the pier’s center joint. Construction is expected to last about five weeks.
There are no safety issues involved with using the pier, Hite said. “It’s just the longevity we’re concerned about.”
Construction crews will use the east half of the nearby parking lot for staging but other parking in the lot will remain open.
The 944-foot long pier is used by about 100,000 visitors a year for activities such as bird watching, strolling, fishing and lowering traps for crabs.
Last year, a $1.75 million reconstruction project closed the pier from mid-March until early September.
It reopened in time for the final days of crabbing season.
The pier was built in 1975. Construction workers found substantial rebar corrosion and concrete deterioration caused by moisture penetrating the structure far more than had been expected.
Testing found that more than 90 percent of the pier structure beyond the breakwater needed its concrete edges reinforced and its railing support anchors rebuilt.
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