The fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park will see its outermost T-section to be torn down beginning later this week.
Delaware State officials say the aging structure has started to collapse.
The Wilmington News Journal reports the T-head section of the wooden 1,800-foot pier on Delaware Bay has been closed to the public since 2006.
Collin O’Mara Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources said that structure was recently found to be rapidly deteriorating because of prolonged storm and wave damage
So, he ordered the emergency demolition.
The rest of the pier will remain open during demolition, as well as an adjacent bait-and-tackle shop, parking lot and public restrooms.
The Coast Guard has posted a Notice-to-Mariners to stay clear of the deteriorating sections and debris that are posing navigational and environmental hazards.