The City of Seal Beach proposes to improve the structural integrity of the Seal Beach Municipal Pier, as well as upgrade existing utility lines. This project will upgrade aged and damaged utility lines and restore the structural stability of the Pier. These pier repairs will rehabilitate damaged structural members and improve the pier’s overall existing utility system. The project supports the overall enhancement, establishment, and preservation of public access ways.

By September 2018, the City is expecting to commence construction on the improvements to the Seal Beach Municipal Pier over an anticipated 9-month construction process with substantial completion of the project expected by May 2019.

At this time, there has been no official determination made regarding if a tenant or restaurant will occupy the space at the end of the Seal Beach Pier. All the improvements to the utility lines and structural support systems that are being done, as a part of this Improvement Project, will allow for the infrastructure to be in place should a future determination be made regarding a tenant or restaurant.

John S. Meek Company Inc. is one of the top marine construction contractors with extensive experience in the construction and reconstruction of piers, wharfs, marinas, and docks. Very familiar with both concrete and timber work, some of their recent projects include; Redondo Beach Pier, Malibu Pier, Santa Monica Pier, Newport and Balboa Piers, and more can be found here: johnsmeek.com.

We ask that visitors to the pier exercise extreme caution around the work zone and around construction equipment.

Project Schedule
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • Crews will be working diligently to complete the Pier Improvements Project prior to the Memorial Day Holiday at the end of May. This will be the time where the finishing touches are completed such as the remainder of the new decking installations; pulling, landing, and testing of the new electrical/communications circuits; pressure testing of the new water, sewer, and fire protection systems; installing new pipe handrail cap; re-installing the newly refurbished Pier lights; and de-mobilizing the construction yard in the 10th Street Parking Lot
  • Structural repairs are expected to be complete within the last forty feet of the end of the Pier where two new piles will be driven on the south side
  • Scaffolding and utility installations are expected to be 95-100% complete by the end of April leaving wire pulling and testing for May
  • The new landside waterline work along the north side of the Pier is expected to be completed. However, a temporary shutdown of the public restrooms, beach showers, and drinking fountain will be required to connect everything back into the new system. Once the exact date is determined, the temporary shutdown will be announced and planned for the middle of the week to provide the least amount of impact to the public
  • Structural repairs continue at the end of the Pier, progressing to the middle of the burn area with pile repairs, cap replacements, and new stringer installations
  • Greenheart decking material is scheduled to arrive and will be installed at the end of the pier as structural repairs are completed
  • Scaffolding and utility installation continues down the Pier as electrical, communications, sewer, water, and the fire protection system expect to reach 75% completion
  • Landside waterline replacement work on the north side of the Pier will begin and is expected to restrict access to the Pier from the 8th Street Parking Lot; temporary walkways will be placed to allow for crossing under the Pier toward the south side ramp and/or the public may use the stairs leading to Eisenhower Park starting the middle of the month
  • Began restoration of the first set of piles near the seaward end of the Pier by removing the outer layer of charred material, wrapping them with a protective jacket, and filling between the pile and the jacket with a poured epoxy mix
  • Replacement of pile caps, stringers, cross braces, and other structural members has begun as well
  • Electrical Utility Work - switchgear set in place at the new pad and continue to connect cable within
  • Concrete pours on the south side of the Pier continue with walkway repairs and the electrical equipment area
  • Under-pier scaffolding begins rotating from the shoreline toward the second half of the Pier
  • The Crane has been moved onto the Pier and will remain there until structural work is completed
  • New water and electrical utilities are approximately 50% complete. Work is moving from the landside towards the seaward end
  • Pier’s light poles temporarily removed and are undergoing the process of being cleaned and restored
  • Landside Electrical Utilities – continuation of trench excavation and electric conduit work
  • Pier Electrical Work – demolition of electrical utilities and installation of new replacement utilities
  • Pier Mechanical Systems – under pier utilities demolition and installation of the new replacement systems
  • Pier Structure - installation of scaffolding under the pier as well as crane arrival and deployment onto the Pier
  • Electrical Landside SCE Equipment Pad and Potable Water Installation
  • Demo Under Existing Pier Corridor Cover
  • Demo Potable Water, Sewer and Fire System
  • Demo Electrical Systems Pier Landside
  • Install Temporary Fire Line
  • Install Groin Wall Fence
  • Pothole Water Installation at Edison Transformer Location
  • Light Pole Refurbishment
  • Temporary Power and Lighting Installation
  • Temporary Fire Suppression System Installation
  • Potholing and Excavation Began (Vicinity of the 10th Street Parking Lot and the Pier Restrooms
Start of Construction
Award Contractor

  • The end of the Pier is officially open to the public as of May 24, 2019.
  • On Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, the Seal Beach Pier will be temporarily closed as the Pier Improvements Project will be breaking down and relocating the crane. Please be aware that Ocean Avenue will be closed from 8th Street through 10th, including the Main Street Intersection, for upwards of 30 minutes in the afternoon to transfer the crane from the Pier down to the Construction Yard in the 10th Street Parking Lot.
  • On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, and continuing through Wednesday, January 23, 2019 and into Thursday January 24, 2019 the Seal Beach Pier will be temporarily closed as the Pier Improvements Project moves its crane to the staging area in the 10th Street Parking in preparation of an upcoming lumber delivery. The Pier will be closed and re-opened in sections as the crane makes its way toward Ocean Ave on Tuesday afternoon, and back out toward the end of the Pier, Wednesday morning. Please be aware that Ocean Avenue will be closed from 8th Street through 10th Street, including the Main Street Intersection, for upwards of 30 minutes while the crane is on the road.
  • Pier Closure Scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 7am to 4pm
  • The City of Seal Beach Pier Improvement Project has been progressing since the project was awarded, with work beginning in September of 2018
    • Temporary power and lighting is now installed at the site
    • The temporary fire suppression system has been approved by Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and is now fully installed on the pier
    • Demolition of the Pier’s old utility lines is now underway, starting on the landward side of the Pier and then work out towards the seaward end
    • Potholing and excavation began recently for the installation of the new water system near the 10th street parking lot and Pier restrooms
    • For the complete Press Release, visit www.sealbeachca.gov
  • October 2018 - Temporary electrical resources are now complete and in place at the Pier. Construction crews are now gearing up for the next phase of work on the Pier Improvements Project.
  • September 2018 - Construction for structural repairs begins
  • On Friday, August 10, 2018, the Beach Division encountered a Pier Piling member that had washed ashore during beach cleaning operations. After an investigation of the Pier’s infrastructure, a piling on the fender of the Pier for the boat ramp was identified and assessed to be broken at the water level. The City began making immediate emergency repairs on Monday, August 13, 2018. The work was completed, and the damaged fender pile was stabilized and braced with supports.

    These immediate emergency repairs were not related to the Seal Beach Pier Improvements Project. The stabilized fender pile is expected to be fully replaced during the Seal Beach Pier Improvements Project, which will formally begin in September 2018.

  • 2018 - Upgrades to existing utility lines begins