Sylvan Beach Pier Rehabilitation Study

by Peter W. Soltys, Woolpert Consultants, Cincinnati, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


The Sylvan Beach Pier is a navigation guide jetty located at the east and of Oneida Lake in Oneida County, New York. It protects the entrance to the New York State Barge Canal which crosses the lake. The pier was constructed in 1907 of rock-filled timber crib and concrete cap construction which was common in the Great Lakes region at that time; however, it was founded on sand and unstable deposite estimated to be at least 70 ft (21.3 m) thick. Since the pier was built, it has been slowly settling into the lake bottom which has exposed the concrete cap to floating ice and wave attack. The existing pier has the appearance of a disjointed pile of concrete debris with the concrete cap blocks laying skewed, cracked, or shattered on their underlying timber cribs or pushed entirely off the structure and lying on the lake bottom. This paper describes the rehabilitation alternatives studied and their economics for the pier, the potential impact of pier rehabilitation on the local economy, and the liaison with the various public interest groups and government. agencies with an interest in rehabilitation of the pier.

Subject Headings: Piers | Rehabilitation | Beaches | Lakes | Wood and wood products | Concrete blocks | Jetties | Coastal protection structures | New York | United States | Great Lakes

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