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What's Next for the Salem Willows Pier?

Wondering what's next for the storm-damaged pier at Salem Willows Park? You're not the only one.

Every week, we set out to answer a question submitted by one of our readers as part of our You Ask...Patch Answers column.

On Monday, we received an email from Sharon Bickford, who wanted to know what the plan was to repair the storm-damaged pier at Salem Willows Park.

She asked: The pier at Salem Willows was wrecked again during the blizzard. What are the plans to fix it?

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According to Salem Harbormaster Bill McHugh, the Salem Willows pier was well-insured and the insurance adjuster has been notified that it is currently in need of repair.

The pier is scheduled to be evaluated by McHugh and representatives of the insurance company during a low-tide tour of the structure in the coming days, he said.

"There is a plan to fix it," McHugh said. "They just want to look at it at low tide to make sure we're covering all the bases."

McHugh also pointed out that the damage seen in the photographs attached to this post wasn't only inflicted during The Blizzard of 2013 - the pier has taken a beating during other recent high-water events, including Hurricane Sandy and even this latest round of winter weather.

As of right now, no timeline has been set for repairs to the pier.

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windpower February 26, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Lets face it ,the pier needs to be raised about 2 feet . You could not ask for a better job that was done a few years ago ,but like it or not the sea in this area has goen up 2 inches , by NOAA data . and $$ spent to simply replace at existing height is $$ wasted .
Josh Turiel February 26, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Agreed, Ed - it really should be raised up as part of any construction project. After the no-name storm of '91 trashed it and that repair, it held up for years. Now every good-sized storm takes a hit on it. How are the seawalls down there holding up?
john February 26, 2013 at 07:48 PM
If they do fix it they will most likely put fishing meters out there to stop the fishing for free.
Michael Berry February 26, 2013 at 09:34 PM
98 percent of the damge occurred during Sandy. It would also be nice if they could remove all of the old, unused pilings on the Main Beach side, extend it out another 50-80 feet and put a T at the end. (Yes, I am an angler). Not sure if raising it would do anything to prevent damage. Most of the damage is just boards that popped up in the surge. I would assume that this is by design to prevent even worse structural damage to the frame. BRING BACK SWEENEY!
melas February 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I miss the boat rentals. That was an easy way to get out on the water without making a huge investment.
windpower February 27, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Josh . The Willows park walls are fine . The wall at "steps " beach is ready to fall . The neighbors did a repointing job several years ago but it is failing . Just a note remember this sea rise when considering the new housing in town .
Bill May 13, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I was under the impression we were going to stop the rising seas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2pZSvq9bto Another promise non fulfilled.
chester suchecki May 14, 2013 at 02:48 PM
looks like the pier could use some common sense engineering.

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