WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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August 10, 2017
Contact: Russell Link, 425-775-1311

Pier 86 on Seattle waterfront
closes for public safety

OLYMPIA – A popular fishing pier on the Seattle waterfront has been closed until further notice due to public safety concerns.

The Port of Seattle and the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are currently working to determine the future of Pier 86, which requires costly repairs to fix cracked piers as well as failing electrical and water systems.

The port and the state agency jointly managed the facility for 30 years, but that agreement expired in 2009, said Russell Link, regional WDFW manager.

"We've both agreed to look for funding sources to upgrade or reconstruct the pier, but that we need to close the facility in the near term to address safety concerns," Link said.

Based on a recent structural analysis, the needed repairs would cost between $2 million to $5 million, he said.  

Link noted that Pier 69 remains open nearby for fishing on the Seattle waterfront.