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Harbor officials approve Johnson Pier fixes

$800,000 in repairs go out to bid

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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 1:45 pm | Updated: 1:52 pm, Thu Sep 27, 2012.

The San Mateo County Harbor Commission voted last week to approve an $800,000 project to repair and renovate the Johnson Pier.

Harbor officials began accepting contractor bids on Monday as the first leg of the long-sought infrastructure fixes at Pillar Point Harbor. On the maintenance list, the project would replace and repair utility lines, railings and moorings along the pier used by the commercial fisherman fleet. Visitors to the harbor probably won’t see dramatic changes, but harbor officials say the slate of fixes are important to ensure the harbor operates into the future.

The Johnson Pier has been in need of a variety of repairs for years, according to harbor officials. In 2006, cost concerns led the harbor district to put off replacing its utility lines, which include pipes for water, sewage, gasoline and electricity.

No major problems popped up in the six years since then, but harbor officials decided they shouldn’t push their luck much further, said Peter Grenell, harbor district manager.

“We want to be ahead of the curve and not have to do a crisis response,” he said. “This is standard operating procedure for any marina. You fix things up as often and as cheaply as you can.”

The new repairs are one piece of a renewed effort by district officials to improve the infrastructure at Pillar Point. In a separate project, the main boat ramp at Pillar Point Harbor was closed this week for resurfacing.

In the near future, the district will also consider a new mixed-use facility that would include a new administration building, conference room and visitor center at Pillar Point.

Next year, the district will examine ways to prevent erosion on the northern beaches of the harbor. A recreational fishing pier and the northern jetty could need work, Grenell said. District officials are also examining a set of repairs on two docks at Oyster Point Harbor in South San Francisco.

The newly approved repair project at Johnson Pier could begin later this year. Harbor district officials will lead interested contractors on a site visit of the harbor on Oct. 1. Grenell intends to recommend a contractor bid to the harbor commission no later than early November.

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