Repairs to the ailing Beacon Wharf are finished early and on budget.
“The Town of Sidney would like to express our thanks to all Sidney residents and businesses for their patience and understanding while this much needed but disruptive work was completed,” said Mike van der Linden, the Town of Sidney’s manager of engineering and environmental services.
Repairs included replacing 13 pilings, concrete encasing on five pilings, and poly-wrapping 12 others. A number of structural timbers, braces, fittings, hardware and portions of the deck were also replaced. The town set a budget of 275,000.
The wharf at the foot of Beacon Avenue is home to the iconic blue fish market, as well as a restaurant and is used for local water-based tourism businesses.
The town plans to develop a concept – for review in 2013 – for a new lower maintenance, longer lifecycle promenade and wharf to replace the existing structure. Council could at that time consider the avenues for public input on replacement options for the wharf such as a referendum or survey.