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Pier Closure Update
The Ventura Pier, a beloved local landmark, was closed to the public in January 2023 due to significant storm damage, raising safety concerns. Since then, the City has diligently addressed the damage and ensured the pier's long-term integrity.
Following the storms, the City promptly initiated emergency repairs, investing $413,000 to prevent further deterioration. These measures have effectively mitigated any immediate risk to the pier's structural stability. However, the pier's unique location, subject to the movement of the surf, has led to concerns about public safety. As a precaution, public access to the pier remains restricted to prevent accidents resulting from balance issues.
The restoration involves replacing seven timber piles and over 50 pipe bracings and brackets. While there is no imminent threat of the pier failing, these repairs are crucial for its continued safe use by the community.
Status of Repairs
Pier Corrosion Repair Project (November - February 2024)
The City of Ventura will begin construction of a previously scheduled repair project to address critical areas of corrosion of the exposed steel bents and framing structure of the Pier. The Pier Corrosion Repair project is scheduled for November 2023 through February 2024. The anticipated cost of this project is $980,000 and includes $430,000 of Measure O funding.
A 2011 inspection of the Pier revealed continued corrosion of the steel sections and structural members of the Pier. This area was constructed over 16 years ago, and the conditions are typical of that of steel structures that are near harsh environments like seawater.
- November 2023 - February 2024
- Project contacts:
- Alba Lemus, Construction Manager, Email: [email protected]
- Charles Taylor, Abhe & Svoboda, Inc, Phone: 619-599-1320
Emergency Repair Project (February - March 2024)
City officials have regularly contacted FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) since the onset of the January storms, with bi-weekly meetings to discuss the Ventura Pier project. FEMA has conducted multiple site visits, including a recent assessment alongside a Federal Historic Preservation representative, to evaluate the extent of the damage. The project's timeline has been extended due to the City's meticulous efforts to adhere to all FEMA administrative and contracting requirements, ensuring eligibility for potential reimbursement. The estimated cost for the final repairs approaches $1 million, with funding applications submitted to both FEMA and the State of California.
The Public Works department has successfully completed the design for the final repairs and submitted plans to Building and Safety for permitting. Pending confirmation of necessary funding, bidding for the project is expected to commence by mid-November. Construction is anticipated to begin in late February or early March, with an estimated completion time of 30 to 45 days.
The repairs and safe reopening of the Pier is anticipated by March 2024. The Ventura Pier is a cherished part of our community, and its restoration is paramount to the City. We appreciate the patience and understanding of residents and visitors as we work diligently to ensure the pier's safety and longevity.
Estimated project schedule:
- February - March 2024
- Project contact:
- Barbara McCormack, Fleet and Facilities Manager, [email protected]
Note: All businesses located on the Pier remain open.
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The Historic Ventura Pier was originally constructed in 1872. This historic site, which was once the longest wooden pier in California, has stood as a symbol of the region’s rich history and natural resources. Once the cornerstone of Ventura County’s agricultural, construction, and oil trade, today, the Ventura Pier is a favorite attraction for fishing, picnics, sunset strolls, and beautiful views of Ventura County’s coastline and the Channel Islands. Read more at the Parks and Recreation webpage.