Leading hand Craig McDonald oversees the replacement of the last pylons on the Urangan Pier.
Leading hand Craig McDonald oversees the replacement of the last pylons on the Urangan Pier. Alistair Brightman

New pylons strengthen pier for a century

THE latest upgrade of the Urangan Pier is expected to be finished by July, making the pier erosion and rust resistant for the next 100 years, according to SMC Marine, who are running the project.

After chopping up, pulling out and replacing almost 140 wooden pylons along the pier, the last two are expected to be replaced next week.

The next month will be spent digging up old pylons that were left below the pier and are only accessible at low tide.

SMC Marine workman Craig McDonald explained the new pylons were made of steel with a plastic coating to prevent erosion, to last another 100 years.

"If a big storm comes through, the deck could be ripped off but the pylons will still be there," Mr McDonald said.