An update on pier and shoreline repair work given to White Rock council by city engineer Jim Gordon and financial services director Sandra Kurylo Monday night seemed to offer a ray of hope that work can proceed faster – and less expensively – than previously anticipated.
While Gordon said it would take an estimated $6 million to refurbish the entire pier, he added he believes repairing the largest gap in the structure could be achieved “for about half of that.”
Kurylo told council the pier is insured for just under $7 million.
She said, however, the city is still in detailed discussions with its insurance company about how much funding for work that needs to be done on the structure can come out of the insurance money.
“The purpose of insurance is to bring the asset back to the condition it was in before the incident,” she noted.
Gordon also said that, since clean-up work is moving faster than anticipated, “we’re believing now that we can open the promenade west of the white rock by Feb. 8.”
Repairs to the East Beach promenade will still likely take until the end of April, he said.