Heavy vehicles banned from aging piers

Heavy buses and trucks will no longer be allowed onto a waterfront parking and event space after a truck tire pierced an aging pier.

Piers 30 and 32, which is a large concrete platform south of the Bay Bridge at the end of Bryant Street, is used for ballgame and tour bus parking, as a cruise ship terminal and for beach volleyball tournaments, fireworks shows and other special events.
But in September, the tire of a heavily loaded truck punched through the deteriorating concrete slab.

Port of San Francisco officials inspected the damage and ruled that the aging concrete can no longer carry the weight of heavy vehicles.
“On the bright side,” Chief Harbor Engineer Ed Byrne recently told Port commissioners, “public assembly and current parking of light trucks and vehicles will be permitted.”

Alternative parking options are being investigated, according to Byrne. Affected vehicles are being parked at Parking Lot A of AT&T Park as an interim measure.

The 97-year-old Piers 30 and 32 — and the 57-year old pier that connects them — are planned to eventually be demolished and replaced with a public wharf.

The Port expects to lose $124,000 a year in parking revenues because of the ban on heavy vehicles.

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