Urangan Pier refurbishment set to finish a year early

THE refurbishment of the Urangan Pier may be completed a year ahead of schedule.

The $5 million project to refurbish 660m of the pier started in July, 2013 and was scheduled to take three years.

But infrastructure councillor Trevor McDonald said the refurbishment, which includes replacing the 100-year-old timber piles with steel could be finished this year.

"Originally the project was going to take three years as the work was going to be undertaken during winter," he said.

"The contractor has been able to work all year round so the project is ahead of schedule and we are now about 90% complete.

"If all goes as expected, the project could be finished in July."

The project is being undertaken by Sydney Marina Contracting, the company which undertook the 2009 refurbishment project to renew the 220m end of the pier, which is working around the clock to the pier finished.

As the piers are replaced, other weather-worn material such as rails and decking planks will also be changed.

The old timber piles are being salvaged by the council and used in landscaping projects around the region. The piles have been used to build retaining walls on the Esplanade near Pilot St and Denman Camp Rd.

Cr McDonald said smaller repairs would be undertaken when the heavy machinery was taken off the pier.

"The heavy machinery passing over the pier has caused some of the decking spikes to spring loose so they will be repaired," he said.