Re­pairs on city’s pier right on track

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Earth­quake re­pairs to New Brighton Pier are near­ing com­ple­tion.

The con­trac­tor work­ing on the pier hoped to have 12 of its 17 col­umns re­paired by Christ­mas, a Christchurch City Coun­cil spokes­woman said.

Re­pairs have in­cluded the use of large, wa­ter-tight tubes called cais­sons.

The tubes are placed around the col­umns and driven into the seabed, al­low­ing sea­wa­ter to be pumped out and giving con­trac­tors dry ac­cess.

Work on the $4 mil­lion pier, which opened in 1997, be­gan in Fe­bru­ary.

It is ex­pected to be fin­ished in April next year, the coun­cil spokes­woman said.

Parts of the pier have been closed dur­ing the re­pairs.

The closed area would be grad­u­ally re­duced as the sup­port col­umns were re­paired.

PHOTO: WAR­REN HAWKE

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