Victoria’s cruise ship industry will fund much-needed repairs coming soon to the Inner Harbour’s Broughton Street Pier, according to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA).
The GVHA says repairs, including replacing some original wood piles, mechanical and electrical repairs, and repairs to other structural components, are scheduled to begin this October and wrap up in late March.
In a news release, the GVHA says cruise ship berthing fees at the Ogden Point Terminal will finance the project, which is necessary to ensure locals, tourists and commercial vendors alike can continue to use the pier safely.
For harbour authority CEO Ian Robertson, the pier is an essential feature of Victoria’s working harbour and hosts over 250,000 visitors annually.
“The Broughton Street Pier symbolizes the live-work-play harbour that GVHA pro-actively supports,” said Robertson.
When construction is underway, the GVHA says “periodic” disruptions to both land and water are likely and notes Victoria Harbour Ferry pickup and dropoff locations will temporarily relocate to Hyack Terminal.
“GVHA has contracted Salish Seas Industrial Services for Construction Management and Herold Engineering Limited to lead engineering design for the repairs,” the authority added in its release.
The Broughton Street Pier, home to seafood restaurant Red Fish Blue Fish, connects the David Foster pathway between the causeway and Hyack Marina.