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Pier to be built over the swamp at UL

Posted: 5:49 PM, Jun 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-04 19:27:04-04

Construction is underway to build a 100-foot pier over Cypress Lake.

“You will be able to get a different perspective of the lake being able to see the cypress trees up close and the alligators will basically be swimming right at your feet,” said Scott Hebert, Director of Facility Planning and Construction for the university.

The pier will also be an educational tool featuring plaques describing the different types of plants and animals in the swamp.

“We’ll actually have plaques that distinguish what type of tree it is, what type of bird, what type of fish, all those kind of things,” Hebert explained.

When completed, it will extend almost halfway out into the swamp. Hebert says the pier is about 80 to 100 feet long and around 10 to 12 feet wide.

“It was designed to hold several hundred people out there. We plan to have several different things going on we always do,” Hebert said.

If work continues on schedule the university hopes to have the pier open to students and the public by the end of September.