Port of San Diego Approves Pier Improvement Project

The Port of San Diego is beginning a piping and pile replacement project. Photo: POSD.

The Port of San Diego is moving forward on a $1.5 million utility piping and pile replacement project at Imperial Beach Pier.

Port commissioners approved the improvement project Oct. 10, and hired San Diego-based Reyes Construction to do the work, which would involve replacing two piles, repairing utility lines and conduits, rewiring lighting and electrical panels, removing corrosion and other related improvements.

The project is part of the port’s larger investment in Imperial Beach Pier. The POSD has spent about $3.5 million on the pier since 2020, including new artistic activity placards, distance markers encouraging the public to walk the whole length of the almost 1,500-foot-long pier, new paint and new holders for fishing rods.

In August, commissioners approved $3 million for a third phase of work at the pier, which is expected to start next summer and calls for installing a new pier deck extension, more lighting and making utility improvements, as well as shade canopy and structural support.

In total, the port plans to spend $6.5 million on pier improvements.

“For us locals, having a landmark like IB Pier is something we take pride in,” said Port Commissioner Dan Malcolm. “These improvements and the years of projects and investment the port has poured into this iconic pier will ensure it continues to be a part of the fabric of IB culture and draw visitors to our waterfront for many generations to come.”

By Karen Robes Meeks