Nearly five months after the entrance to the Venice Fishing Pier was shut following damage from large waves, Los Angeles City engineering officials remain uncertain as to when the pier might reopen.

A metal gate has blocked the entrance to the Venice Fishing Pier — located at the ocean end of Washington Boulevard in Venice — since late December, when large waves from storms damaged a portion of the pier where the public bathrooms were located.

Officials from the city Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering and Department of Recreation and Parks, which manages the Venice Pier, decided to close the pier following the December storms.

“They thought it was prudent, given the unknowns at the time,” said Tanya Durrell, Department of Public Works spokeswoman.

Bureau of Engineering officials began evaluating the structural integrity of the 1,310-foot Venice Pier in December, Durrell said.

City divers conducted a “thorough investigation” of the pier, including an underwater inspection, she said.

Engineers have also conducted a survey of the ocean floor around the pier and compared the information to data on file about the ocean floor, she said. The work has been completed and the findings are to be released in an official report sometime in May.

City officials will review the report to try to determine when the pier may be able to reopen and to what extent, Durrell said.