The landmark Folly Beach pier will be completely rebuilt starting this October, when it will close for two years for upgrades.Starting Oct. 19, the 1,000-foot-long pier will close completely to the public for construction to begin, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission announced at a press conference today.

The rebuilt pier will feature the same design as the current structure, but with concrete underwater pilings and updated amenities.The expected completion date of the whole project is October 2023.The current pier was built in 1995 and is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, the parks commission said.

The wood pilings used to anchor the structure into the beachfloor are deteriorated, as expected, by marine borers — tiny worms that eat away at the wood.Over the years, the county has strengthened the pilings as needed to keep the pier usable and safe. The new pier will use concrete pilings and consequently, will have a longer lifespan.

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