A big construction project on the Santa Monica Pier is moving ahead, the Santa Monica Patch reports. The city council just hired a contractor for the Pier Replacement Project, which will reconstruct a 360-foot wooden section of the pier built in the late eighties, since it can't really support emergency and delivery vehicles anymore; the new section will be made of concrete and "timber stringers," whatever those are. Since it will take a year to build, work on the $8 million project will stretch over a summer, when the pier is thronged with people. Some pier tenants are freaking out, but the city is determined to keep impacts at a minimum by completing the project in phases, doing work on weekends, and charging the contractor $240,000 a month for each month they're over their construction deadline. No word yet on when work starts.
· Santa Monica Pier to Undergo 1 Year of Construction [Patch]
· Scary Santa Monica Pier Bridge Could Get Makeover [Curbed LA]