Old piles from $5 million pier upgrade put to use in region

AFTER about eight months, the $5 million refurbishment work on the Urangan Pier is progressing well.

Work on the project replacing 660m of wooden piles with composite fibre ones started in July, 2013 and was expected to take three years.

The project is being undertaken by Sydney Marina Contracting, the company that carried out the 2009 refurbishment project to renew the last 220m of the pier in the deep water.

The pier's old timber piles are being replaced with composite fibre piles and the deck and rails have been removed so the new piles can be driven into the sea floor.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said there had been a couple of problems the engineers have worked around.

"All in all, the team have been able to come up with solutions and keep the project going," Cr O'Connell said.

As the piers are replaced, other weather-worn material, such as decking planks, are also being replaced.

The old timber piles are being salvaged by the council and used in landscaping projects around the region, such as the retaining wall on the Esplanade near Pilot St.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the piles were steel.



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