NPS to Investigate Wharf Bulkhead, Sidewalk, Adjacent Harbor Area at National Historical Site

Christiansted National Historic Site

The National Park Service (NPS) at Christiansted National Historic Site (CNHS) is currently in the early phases of planning a multi-year project to replace and repair the wharf at CNHS.

The wharf was originally installed to provide protection to the park’s historic maritime landscape and historic buildings, which are between 200 and 275 years old. The existing wharf has outlived its design life and has begun to deteriorate and suffer from storm damage. Replacement of the bulkhead and the surrounding area are critical to bringing the wharf back into operation. It will prevent damage to the park from seasonal storms and hurricanes.

From Sept. 10 through Oct. 6, contractors will begin engineering and marine life investigations along the 700 linear feet of the wharf bulkhead, associated sidewalk and harbor bottom area. The underwater parts of the surveys will involve certified dive teams from small vessels near the wharf landside area.

There will be little disrupting to harbor operations. This fall, the NPS project team and engineering contractors will use the results of the investigations to inform the final engineering design phase for wharf repair and replacement.

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The park and historic Fort Christianvaern will remain open to visitors during normal park hours during these investigations. Visitors and community members are asked to stay outside any work area safety barriers.

For more information, contact Christiansted NHS Headquarters at 773-1460 or visit www.nps.gov/CHRI

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