Pacifica city council approves emergency repairs to seawall, promenade

Friday, February 12, 2016
Strong waves break over the seawall in Pacifica, Calif. on Friday, February 5, 2016.
Strong waves break over the seawall in Pacifica, Calif. on Friday, February 5, 2016.

PACIFICA, Calif. -- The city of Pacifica will begin repairing its damaged seawall and promenade on Beach Boulevard, near the Pacifica Municipal Pier, later this month, city officials said Thursday.

At its Monday meeting, the City Council approved the repairs and appropriated funds for the project, estimated at $450,000, according to city officials.

The emergency repairs are needed to stabilize parts of the seawall that have been compromised after a series of El Nino storms last month caused it to fail, resulting in damage to the above promenade.

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Repairs to the seawall and promenade are set to begin within two weeks.

"The seawall continues to deteriorate and action to stabilize the damage needed to be taken quickly," City Manager Lorie Tinfow said. "The City Council recognized the need to act fast to protect to only the seawall and promenade but also the city street and the adjacent homes."

The city's Department of Public Works hired engineering and planning firm Moffat & Nichol to develop a structurally engineered repair solution that could be bid out to a highly qualified contractor with extensive experience in coastal environment construction, according to city officials.

Engineers with the firm then presented their design concept at Monday's City Council meeting.

"The work that will be done is just to stabilize the area and will not fully restore it to its pre-disaster condition," Public Works Director Van Ocampo said.

"The cost to reconstruct the wall and promenade to its pre-storm condition is estimated at $2 million. The city has requested grant funds from the state of California and we are hoping all of the work qualifies for grant funds," Ocampo said.

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