The historic Cayucos Pier could be rebuilt as soon as May if San Luis Obispo County supervisors Tuesday accept a bid from a Morro Bay construction company to do the work.
Associated Pacific Constructors of Morro Bay submitted a bid of $1.7 million to demolish and replace most of the pier. County staff is recommending the bid be accepted.
The overall cost of the project is $4 million. It calls for the seaward two-thirds of the pier to be rebuilt and the remaining third to receive minor repairs as well as new decking and handrails.
Much of the pier was closed to the public last summer because of safety concerns resulting from missing or deteriorating piles and other problems. The 982-foot-long pier was originally constructed in 1872.
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The closure of the pier prompted a search for funds to restore it. Most of the funds come from a series of county and state sources, but local residents also raised more than $500,000.
“It is a shining example of an intense communitywide effort by an informal group of citizens from Cayucos to collect more than $500,000 in private donations to ‘Save Cayucos Pier,’” said Machelle Vieux, deputy county general services director in a staff report.
The $4 million cost of the project includes the $1.7 million for construction as well as the purchase of specialized lumber products and the cost of planning and permitting, said Curtis Black, deputy county parks director.
It also covers the $558,000 the county spent in emergency stabilization work. In October, an underwater inspection showed that the pier was in danger of collapsing and required the temporary installation of steel beams and deck timbers.
Work is scheduled to begin next month and be completed in May.