Thursday, March 12, 2009
Photo By Kim Upshaw
The top of the ‘‘T” shaped fishing pier was completely torn away, leaving only pilings and some pieces of bracing still in place — but five and half years later, that part of the damage here is now only a memory, with the help of hard work and dedication of the Seabees at Pax River Public Works⁄Self Help.
While damaged piles were replaced almost immediately in 2003, funding was not available to completely fix the favorite fishing spot of many Pax Pros, but last July the Seabees began the long and aduous job of putting the ravaged pier back together.
Demolition of the storm damaged materials took three weeks to complete using a crew of four. MWR Marina supplied the boats used to remove and replace cross-bracings and in August Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 (CBMU 202) out of Anacostia agreed to assist with reconstruction by providing two additional Seabees.
CBMU 202 and MWR were not the only two groups to assist with the project. Cross bracing on the pier was installed by Atlantic Targets Marine Operations.
The pier was rebuilt a total of 350 feet to match the original dimensions. The project was completed on March 2 at a total cost of $150,000, which amounted to half of the original estimate for repair.
‘‘It’s great to have this recreational resource back just in time for Blue Crab and Rockfish seasons,” said Pax River Executive Officer Capt. Steve Schmeiser,. ‘‘The hard work shown by our Seabees, Atlantic Targets Marine Operations, MWR and CBMU 202 is a true testament to what can be accomplished with teamwork and perseverance.”
CE1 Shane Rogers contributed to this story.