By JOY CRIST
initial staging process of the Frisco Pier Removal project has begun,
but dismantling and tearing down the pier will not be a quick
December 5, the Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier was surrounded by a
large metal fence to make the area safe for the public, and a series of
separate tasks need to be completed before the pier has fully
disappeared from the local landscape.
are in the staging mode right now,” says David Hallac, Cape Hatteras
National Seashore Superintendent, “and they are spending a little time
preparing the area.”
hoped that the removal will be completed in its entirety by the
beginning of May 2018, but there are a lot of moving parts and
potential weather-related setbacks that could delay the process.
has been identified in tiles in the pier house, so a special contractor
will soon be enlisted to go into the pier house and perform asbestos
abatement and removal.
there, crews will spend a chunk of time removing the pier house itself,
as well as the visible pilings that are sticking out of the sand and
they finish this phase of the work, which is mostly on the beach, then
they will move on to the pilings in the water,” says Hallac.
are a total of about 263 pilings that need to be removed during the
project, and of these, 120 are completely hidden as they have broken
off beneath the water’s surface.
“The pier probably has more [components] that are hidden underwater than what you see from the land,” says Hallac.
2009, the back of the pier house to the end of the pier extended for an
interrupted 600 feet. 2010’s Hurricane Earl removed a large portion of
the then-closed pier, and subsequent storms have continually battered
the structure in the years since.
the longest section of the remaining pier is less than 120 feet, the
second longest is about 110 feet, and the rest of the visible structure
measures 15-20 foot long. “More than 60% of the pier is completely
gone,” says Hallac.
Divers will be enlisted to tackle the hidden and underwater pilings, but the success of their work is dependent on the weather.
work in the water requires fairly calm sea conditions, so they will
need to find windows of opportunity where they can utilize a small
platform or barge to safely remove the pilings,” says Hallac.
project will temporarily end in late April or early May regardless due
to the sea turtle nesting season, however depending on the weather, it
may be finished before then.
hopeful that the contractor will be able to complete the work before
the beginning of May,” says Hallac, “but it’s hard to predict the
completion time when weather is such a big factor.”