British Columbia

Damaged White Rock pier slated for modern upgrades

The iconic pier which was destroyed in December's violent storm is slated for some modern upgrades.

Iconic pier destroyed by December 2018 storm

A look at the damaged White Rock pier a day after a powerful windstorm ripped it apart. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

White Rock's iconic pier, which was badly damaged in December's violent windstorm, is slated for some modern upgrades once it's repaired.

In a request for proposals, the city wants to see concrete slabs used to reinforce the pier's traditional wood construction.

The city is looking for a contractor to demolish the damaged section of the pier, conduct a site survey, install steel pipe piles, concrete deck slabs and timber planks. 

A section of the pier collapsed after being hammered by loose boats in a severe windstorm on Dec. 20, 2018. Gusting wind tore the boats loose and sent them crashing into the 104-year-old pier.

Technical drawings show the surface of the repaired pier will largely look the same with wood planks, steel decorative arches and lights lining the path.

A technical side-by-side comparison of the existing White Rock pier with plans for the repaired section. (City of White Rock)

The repairs are expected to be complete by the deadline of July 31, 2019. If the successful contractor is able to get it done 28 days prior to July 15, they could be eligible for a $112,000 bonus.

In January, Mayor Darryl Walker said he hoped to see the pier reopened by the end of summer.

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