The Redondo Boardwalk re-opened week after storm damage forced it to close for repairs for nearly two years.
The popular walking spot was ruined by a storm in November 2014, when gusty winds and a high tide sent waves crashing over the boardwalk with enough force to knock out parts of the seawall in some residents’s yards. It was also closed for four years following a heavy winter storm in 1990.
After the latest closure, city of Des Moines officials opted to repair it with concrete decking panels designed to withstand “large log damage” and high wave pressure. The new water side pilings, reinforced with pipe sleeves then filled with concrete, are also expected to hold up against future storms.
“With support from the Federal Highway Administration, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Transportation Improvement Board and the Des Moines City Council, the Boardwalk has been restored and is now open to the public,” Des Moines City Clerk Bonnie Wilkins said in a release.
The release also thanked Legislative District 30 lawmakers Sen. Mark Miloscia and Rep. Linda Kochmar for securing $1.5 million of the $4.7 million needed for the boardwalk’s repairs in the June 2015 state capital budget.