St. Pete Pier construction noise starting this week with test piling beginning July 17

Posted at 2:43 AM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 06:44:41-04

People living in St. Petersburg are about to find out how loud construction may be near the new pier. It all begins starts the week of July 10.

Daniel Jordan is used to the sound of fishing: throwing lines and placing bait buckets on the concrete. Soon that serenity may be interrupted by heavy machinery.

"I did all right today but it would be nice to have a pier," said Jordan, who is excited about the pier.

Instead of dreading the noise, he's embracing it.

"You've got to take the good with the bad. That's what you got to go through to get to the end," said Jordan.

Just down the street, a manager at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro says they are concerned about the noise because most of their customers sit outside.

"We are pretty much going to cross that bridge when we get to it," Jennifer Raymond said. "We don't really know what to expect. We do know it's going to be loud though."

According plans provided by Skanska, the company in charge of construction, early sitework begins the week of July 10. Test piling starts July 17.

Crews with drill down more than 400 piles to support the weight of the pier September through next January. They will also start working on part of the pier deck in October.

St. Pete officials say construction will start at 7:00 a.m. and last until 7:00 p.m., six days a week. The schedule will be coordinated with airport management daily for pre-construction documents.