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Hermosa pier now to reopen during June

by Robb Fulcher

The earliest that people will be able to walk out on the closed-down Hermosa Beach Pier is June, according to city officials who previously placed the reopening date at April.

The 1,200-foot concrete pier has been closed for a year-and-a-half for repairs. The first segment of the repairs, fixing cracks and the eroded pylons underneath the pier, has been completed.

Now begins the final repair phase, which includes resurfacing the deck, adding new railings and new, spiffier lighting fixtures up top.

As the massive and somewhat unpredictable repair project has churned along, a reopening date for the pier has been pushed back a number of times. Last August public works officials said the pier could reopen as early as January.

The date changed to April, and then Public Works Director Harold Williams told the city council that June is now the target time.

Following the repairs, workers will give the pier head area a makeover, refurbishing the lifeguard building and replacing the rancid, now closed bathrooms. That work will go on while the pier is opened to foot traffic.

The pier has been rebuilt from the pylons up three times in the course of its 99-year life.

Repair of the pier's under-structure cost about $1.3 million, paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California Coastal Conservancy and Prop. A funds. Refurbishing the top of the pier is expected to cost another $1.1 million, from the same funding sources. ER