The fishing pier at Bayfront Park in Port Lavaca is back.
Derrick Construction completed it this month.
Hurricane Harvey took off the decking system, handrails and lighting in August 2017.
Despite that, residents continued to fish at the park, City Manager Bill DiLibero said.
“I believe that this is the first nonrevenue producing major project that the city has invested in that was damaged as a result of Hurricane Harvey. It is a very important attraction to locals and tourists alike,” he said.
The pier is about the same dimensions as it was before Harvey, but the handrails were upgraded to meet current fall protection requirements. LED lighting and stainless-steel fasteners were also added.
“Not only did we want to rebuild the pier, we also wanted to make improvements so that it could sustain future storms,” DiLibero said.
The city expects Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse about 90 percent of the $361,500 it cost to rebuild the pier. For the next four months, another construction crew will be making repairs at the Bayfront Park boat ramp and the Nautical Landings Marina, which the city also expects FEMA will pay for part of.
“The fishing pier project was small enough that the city could pay for the work up front. FEMA requires the city to pay for the work and then reimburses the city. The cost of the fishing pier at Lighthouse Beach Park will be so great that we will likely have to do the replacement incrementally,” DiLibero said.