Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier Renovations Update
I dropped by Cape Henlopen State Park today after a slew of meetings. My life these days seems to be a never-ending string of meetings, but that is all part of setting up a bunch of events for this summer. The Cape Henlopen pier as you may know is getting new decking. First the old boards have to be removed and so far the crews said they are on schedule. They have managed to removed almost one-third, or four hundred feet of decking starting from the end. The pier is twelve hundred feet long. It looks strange with the fence and lights gone, but with the boards removed it looks even stranger. The beams that hold up the decking are over twelve inches in width or height. Being able to see that part of the pier from above gives you an idea just how strong that pier was built to withstand heavy machinery. I was allowed today by the crew to walk out there and check out the area where the boards were removed already. The pier is closed to the public please respect that, it is dangerous if you are not familiar with construction. I was escorted out there by the crew. There are a couple of spots that the machinery wheels have created “potholes” in the decking due to rotten spots. Tripping hazards are an issue and the pier is closed anyway, despite the fact you can walk right up to it.
Dune Repairs in Cape Henlopen State Park
So far if all goes as planned the crews will have the decking removed by next week. They are worried about the storms we are going to see next week but no one is a hundred percent on the intensity. Some are saying it could be a bad nor’easter, but not as bad as we have had recently. Either way we will know more about that by the end of the weekend. If the crews can get all of the boards off by next week, then they can prep the pier for new decking. Then they will start at the entrance and put new boards on out to the end. The center will have a strip to cover the where the boards meet and in the picture you can see why. That is a tripping hazard and even if you made the boards match up, the corners could still warp and stick up creating more of a tripping hazard. It is better to cover that transition spot for the public’s safety. Hopefully they will be done sooner than later and we can get to some spring flats fishing in the Harbor of Safe Refuge.
DNREC was fixing up the dunes today near the bathhouse and that should be done soon as well. The video above shows the earth mover pushing sand up to create a new dune.