The Thornbury Pier is a significant waterfront amenity that typically sees large numbers of visitors throughout the summer months for uses such as swimming, fishing, and viewing Georgian Bay. As the pier deck deteriorated, Town staff worked with the owner of the structure, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, to purchase and install matting to cover the surface of the pier and eliminate tripping hazards. This solution worked for many years until high water levels started moving the matting and then ice during the winter season damaged the matting and the edging even further until it was no longer feasible to repair and replace the matting.
Engineering Services were retained and following the investigation it was recommended that a full deck replacement take place due to the condition of the deck. After the existing decking is removed, areas under the pier that are void of granular stone will be replaced, conduits will be replaced and minor welding repairs will occur.
The Town has completed a Request For Proposal for construction services with work to be completed before Summer 2021.