The Christiansted National Historic Site will be replacing the Wharf Bulkhead along the harbor front of the historic site. The engineering and design phase that determines the appropriate materials, skirting and bulkhead construction method is underway.
The project will replace the existing bulkhead structure and provide a newly constructed bulkhead for waterfront access, increased storm protection and emergency vessel response access.
The project will be conducted in a series of phases; the park is now in the planning phase. A series of nine boring samples will be drilled to assess geotechnical feasibility; it will occur for two weeks and is anticipated to begin March 26.
Operations will require a drilling rig on site to operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drilling operations will produce noise and require closing off small portions of the park grounds. Access to the parking lot should not be affected; there are no anticipated effects to historic structures. A map showing the locations of the proposed boring sites is available upon request.
The anticipated schedule for this project is:
— Design Completion (approved drawings): May 31, 2019
— Construction Contract Award: September 15, 2019
— Construction Start (actual on-site mobilization and start of work): October 15, 2019
— Construction Completion: April 15, 2020 (this is based only on a very rough estimate of a six-month construction duration; this could change significantly depending on site condition).
During the construction phase, potential impacts to the Christiansted community will be minimalized as much as possible, but they may affect wharf area events and the traffic turnaround near King Christian Hotel. www.nps.gov/CHRI