By JOY CRIST
were no visible structures or pilings left along the sand on Thursday
morning, as the DOT Construction team orchestrating the removal of the
Frisco Pier made noticeable progress over the course of a week.
pilings in the water remained as fishermen took advantage of the good
weather and newly open shoreline, while sightseers stopped by to get a
glimpse of the spot where the pier used to be.
main pier parking lot and immediate area that surrounds the former pier
site remained closed off to the public as of Thursday morning, and
piles of debris and pilings could be spotted just behind the dune line.
next step in the process will be to address the pilings that remain in
the water, which includes 120 pilings that are completely hidden and
are under the water’s surface. Divers will be used to remove these
pilings in their entirety, which may be buried up to 30 ft. deep.
The Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier was built in 1960, but began to deteriorate in the 2000s.
2010 – before the pier was damaged by a series of hurricanes starting
with 2010’s Hurricane Earl – the cost to repair the pier was estimated
at roughly $2 million dollars. The proposal to remove the pier began in
2013, in response to safety concerns of debris both in the water, and
project in its entirety is slated to be completed by May 2018, however
there may be unforeseen weather delays that hinder the divers’ upcoming
the pier was operational, the parking lot and the road that led to the
structure were both privately owned, however after the project is over,
the parking lot and road will remain open to the public, and a future
comfort station with restrooms – perhaps similar to the Bathhouse in
Hatteras village – is being considered as well.
In the meantime, the site will be barricaded during the duration of the project for safety.