Last Content Update:
Pier Closure Update
The iconic Ventura Pier, a cherished local landmark, has faced unprecedented challenges in the last year, leading to its closure to the public in January 2023. The closure was necessitated by significant storm damage that raised serious safety concerns. Despite setbacks, the City of Ventura has been unwavering in its commitment to address the damage and secure the pier's long-term integrity.
In response to the severity of damage caused by winter storms and high surf, the City declared a local state of emergency to expedite disaster response and seek emergency funding from the state to aid in the recovery process. The City Council officially ratified the local state of emergency on January 9, 2024. Read more about the local state of emergency.
For the latest updates on the storm recovery efforts, visit the City's emergency alert page at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/EmergencyAlerts.
Repair efforts underway
The City remains committed to restoring the pier's integrity and appreciates the community's understanding during this challenging time. The reopening of the Ventura Pier, initially scheduled for March, has been postponed to the summer of 2024 due to additional damage caused by heavy surf in December 2023. The high surf, plus winter storm events from January 2023, dislodged support pilings, braces, and brackets, necessitating extensive repairs and causing a delay in the reopening date.
Last year's damage involved a total of 34 damaged and 20 dislodged piles, with the recent inspection revealing 19 missing or damaged timber piles, 20 dislodged piles, and 62 damaged or missing braces. The Ventura City Council members recently approved a $1.75 million agreement with Jilk Heavy Construction Inc. to address the December damages, adding to the $1.45 million allocated for last year's repairs. The comprehensive repair cost amounts to $3.2 million, with the city expecting approximately $1.58 million in reimbursements, including support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California Disaster Assistance Act, and the Ventura County Community Foundation.
Recently, the City of Ventura received a $40,000 donation from Pier Into the Future to help support restoration efforts. Read the press release.
Pier Corrosion Repair Project (To Be Determined 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 started November 2023 and is delayed due to the recent damage in December. 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 - TBD 2024
- Project contacts:
- Alba Lemus, Construction Manager, Email: [email protected]
- Charles Taylor, Abhe & Svoboda, Inc, Phone: 619-599-1320
Emergency Repair Project (January-Summer 2024)
City officials have regularly contacted FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) since the onset of the January 2023 storms, with bi-weekly meetings to discuss the Ventura Pier project. FEMA has conducted multiple site visits, including an 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 completed the design for the final repairs, and the project was bid in November 2023. Construction began in December 2023 with an estimated completion time of 30 to 45 days. Due to the recent storm damage, this emergency repair project is delayed until the recent damages are repaired.
The repairs and safe reopening of the Pier is anticipated by Summer 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:
- Summer 2024
- Project contact:
- Barbara McCormack, Fleet and Facilities Manager, [email protected]
Note: All businesses located on the Pier remain open.
In the news
The Historic Ventura Pier was originally constructed in 1872. This historic site, which was once the longest wooden pier in California is 1,620 feet long and has 271 timber piles holding it up with the outward end made of steel with 92 steel piles. It 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.