Portarlington Pier Renewal
May 2015 update
Portarlington’s pier reconstruction project met a significant milestone with all of the new concrete deck along the new 175 metre section now in place.
During April and early May each six metre panel of pre-cast concrete was craned into place with the final piece installed on 14 May.
The new section of pier will remain closed for a few more weeks as handrails, timber kerbs and lighting still need to be installed.
The entire project will be complete and ready to open to the public during June.
Lowering each six metre panel of pre-cast concrete into place
View along new deck
View along new concrete deck
Since early February work to build a new 175 metre section of pier alongside the existing pier has been progressing well.
In the first four weeks of the project a large piling rig was used to drive 60 piles into the sea bed.
Then works moved to sleeving the steel piles with a protective polymer sleeve and beginning work to install the cross heads which span the width of the pier.
In late Feb and early March the focus of work has been continuing to install the cross heads and beginning the installation of the 14 concrete deck slabs which connect each pair of piles and will eventually create the surface of the new pier.
Much of the concrete pre-fabrication work for the pier was finished before on site works began. As the weather has been relatively kind to the project works have progressed well. The project is currently tracking ahead of the planned mid-year completion.
Pile jack driving pier piles into the sand
Piles driven in early February.
Week 4 - Installing cross heads as the sub structure to support the concrete deck
Week 6 – concrete deck being installed
Portarlington’s foreshore is a busy place with the start of a $15 million project to redevelop the harbour.
The harbour is the home of Port Phillip Bay’s aquaculture industry with the pier the central piece of infrastructure used by the mussel farming industry.
The upgrade to the pier will provide a new 175 metre section, which will increase access and vehicle load limits.
PW Johnson Constructions Pty Ltd has been appointed by Parks Victoria to undertake the job with the project due for completion in mid-2015.
Pedestrian and aquaculture industry access to the pier will be maintained throughout the project. There will be some short term closures in the interests of visitor safety when equipment is being moved around the construction area.
Detailed planning for future stages of the Portarlington Safe Harbour development is underway and will reflect the vision outlined in the safe harbour master plan.