With little discussion, San Luis Obispo County supervisors Tuesday approved a contract to rebuild the Cayucos Pier.
Associated Pacific Constructors of Morro Bay was selected to do the work at a cost of $1.7 million. The company will rebuild the seaward two-thirds of pier and perform repairs on the remainder.
“We are looking forward to getting this done,” said Supervisor Bruce Gibson, whose district includes Cayucos.
The pier was closed in July of last year because of safety concerns resulting from missing or severely deteriorated piles and cross bracing. A powerful winter storm could have caused the pier to collapse, said Machelle Vieux, deputy director of the county General Services Agency.
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Divers discovered that the creosote-treated pilings had rotted from the inside. The county spent $557,670 to conduct emergency stabilization of the structure. This work allowed the pier to weather a large winter storm that came ashore March 1 without collapsing, Vieux said.
Local residents raised more than $500,000 to fund the repairs. This helped convince two state agencies to contribute a total of $1.5 million for the repairs, Gibson said.
The total cost of the project was estimated to be $4 million, but the actual cost came in more than $440,000 under budget. Work is expected to begin in October and could be completed by next May, weather permitting.