Ocean Beach Pier, Pure Water Program Benefit
A wave of funding from the California State budget will help San Diego water infrastructure projects as well as other programs. Money will go toward Ocean Beach Pier repairs and San Diego’s Pure Water program. “The dollars that San Diego is receiving from the state will upgrade critical infrastructure, help us fight homelessness, ensure a reliable supply of clean water, enhance our arts and culture and much more,” San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said during a press conference.
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Ocean Beach Pier is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast and one of the largest tourist destinations in San Diego with approximately 500,000 visitors a year.
But over its 55 years, Ocean Beach Pier has been affected by high surf and pounding waves, including damage during the king tides.
A 2019 City-commissioned report by Moffatt & Nichol revealed that the pier “has reached the end of its service life.” Suffering significant deterioration, the “corrosion in the reinforcing steel has initiated and the structure will continue to degrade unless corrective action is taken,” the report stated.
In May, the City of San Diego made repairs to a portion of the pier, including replacing or reinstalling new brackets that secure the railing to the pier deck, allowing it to be reopened to the public. “Much more work will need to be done to address the damage to other parts of the pier and find a long-term solution moving forward,” Council President Jennifer Campbell said at the time.