The proposed project involves refurbishing the existing Imperial Beach Pier. The Imperial Beach Pier is a fishing and recreational pier located at the west end of Evergreen Street in the City of Imperial Beach. The pier, which measures approximately 1,500 feet long by 24 feet wide, consists of a timber deck supported by a steel and timber pile system. The condition of the pier deck has deteriorated over time due to salt vapor and extensive pedestrian use.
Work to complete the proposed project will include replacing worn timber deck boards along the length of the pier. Replacement of the deck boards is necessary to increase the remaining service life of the deck, improve walking surface of the pier, and improve and maintain the function and safety of the pier, all of which directly benefit the public access to the pier and will be maintained during regular public use hours throughout the duration of project construction.
It is anticipated that construction of the proposed project will begin in March 2014 and be completed by July 2014, for a total construction period of approximately four months. Due to its limited scope, construction of the proposed project will generate a minor amount of vehicle trips, and, in turn, will not result in any impacts related to traffic, air quality, or greenhouse gas emissions. The applicant is responsible for complying with all applicable local, state, and federal laws regulating construction demolition debris, storm water, and water quality.
The project is determined to be Categorically Exempt pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) and Sections 3.a (1) of the District's Guidelines for Compliance with CEQA because the project proposes to refurbish an existing pier and will involve no expansion of use beyond that previously existing.