2/3/23 Update: Construction has been delayed due to material procurement challenges. The work is now set to begin February 20, 2023.
Original Post: The City of Port Angeles will begin construction next week to replace the safety railing at the Port Angeles City Pier. The work, set to begin February 6, 2023, includes the removal of the existing railing and the installation of a brand-new, 1,300 linear-foot pedestrian barrier.
The project, PK0819 in the City’s Capital Facilities Plan/Transportation Improvement Plan (CIP/TIP), is one of several, recent infrastructure improvements made to the nearly 50-year-old facility. Over the last six (6) years, the City has upgraded its Fire Suppression System, installed Transient Moorage Floats, completed an overall inspection of the facility’s pilings and updated its load ratings.
“The City has been making a great effort to complete capital projects that make our community facilities safer, easier to maintain, and more visually pleasing. The City Pier Railing Replacement project is no different,” said Parks & Recreation Director Corey Delikat. “We are really excited about this endeavor. Much like the new 24-hour downtown restrooms, this is a project that we have wanted to complete for quite some time.”
The Parks & Recreation Department has replaced various sections of rusted or rotted railing over the years. At this time, the rails have reached the end of their lifespan and require a full replacement.
The new safety railing will require minimal maintenance. Made from hot-dipped galvanized (HDG) steel, the railing will be long-lasting, corrosion-resistant, and will not require paint.
For safety purposes, portions of the City Pier facility will be closed beginning February 6th. An anticipated timeline of the closures is listed below:
- February 6 - March 24: Zones 1 and 2, which include access to and from cruise ships and the City Pier viewing tower, will be closed. Following March 24th, an approximate 8-foot-wide easement will allow pedestrian access to and from the cruise ship and viewing tower areas.
- March 27 - May 24: Zone 3, including access to the boat ramp along the boardwalk and heading towards Fiero Marine Life Center, will be closed. Access to the Fiero Marine Life Center will not be impacted.
A contract for the work was awarded to Neely Construction in the amount of $438,464.00, following City Council approval in November 2022. The project is expected to be complete, with City Pier fully reopened, in May 2023.
Project information and updates will be made available on the City’s website. To learn more and stay up to date on all City projects, please visit www.cityofpa.us/cityprojects.