January 25, 2019 12:41 pm
Updated: January 26, 2019 7:39 pm

White Rock pier repair costs could triple: report

WATCH: Cost estimate to rebuild the damaged White Rock pier triples


The cost to fix the White Rock pier is now nearly triple the original estimate.

The iconic pier was destroyed in December during a powerful windstorm.

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Initially, the estimate to fix the pier was between $5 million and $6 million.

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However, according to an engineering department report going to the next council meeting, the latest estimate pegs the total at between $14 million and $16 million, depending on whether council opts for a steel and concrete deck option or a timber pile and deck option.

The report states the figures are preliminary and until more testing is done, the extent of work is not yet known.

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However, White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker said Friday that the project will most likely use the steel and concrete option, meaning the higher price tag.

He said he hopes to see construction underway by February, with the project completed by the end of August.

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Some, but not all of the amounts will be covered by insurance and the pier is insured for $7 million. Typically, insurance will cover the cost of bringing the pier back to the condition it was in before the windstorm, incorporating applicable updated codes.

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