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SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz

The city of San Clemente will begin replacing some of the planks at the Pier, but people will still be able to frequent the popular location.

People will be able to cross over a temporary bridge.

The only planks being replaced are from the start of the Pier to a few feet past The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar.

The planks will be replaced with wood that will span across the width of the Pier instead of two planks joined together. The current planks have worn down and bowed in the middle, causing a tripping hazard.

“We are going to start the contract and I gave notice to proceed was for Monday and it’s going to be done by May 1,” said Amir Ilkhanipour, the city’s senior civil engineer.

The cost of the project is $149,874. The planks are expected to last 10 to 25 years.

Ilkhanipour said there are plans to replace all the planks of the Pier, but that project has not yet been set in motion. The city has spent $425,000 every year for maintenance of the Pier for the last 16 years.

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