Part of Battery’s sea wall reopens following $2.7 million repair

Staff Report
Published Aug. 7, 2014

The first phase of a repair and reconstruction project at the Battery’s sea wall in downtown Charleston was recently finished.

The portion of the Battery known as “the turn,” where the high and low portions of the sea wall’s stone connect along Murray Boulevard, was repaired by Charlotte-based Crowder Construction Co. over a nine-month period for about $2.7 million, according to city spokeswoman Barbara Vaughn.

Crowder installed a temporary cofferdam and dewatering system to keep water out and allow for work during all tidal cycles. The company removed the existing concrete sea wall and timber platform and installed 70 new concrete and steel piles that are each 104 feet long.

A new, reinforced concrete foundation and sea wall structure was built — with approximately 800 cubic yards of concrete and 75 tons of steel reinforcing — and a concrete planter structure and new granite curb were installed, according to Vaughn.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said the restoration is an “important milestone in maintaining an important piece of our city’s history.”

“The addition of a ramp to High Battery to enable those who find stairs difficult and those with wheelchairs and strollers was a masterful addition to provide accessibility while maintaining the iconic appearance of this walkway along our water’s edge,” Riley said in a statement. “Work will continue as we work to preserve our Battery and its unique promenade along the river and harbor.”

The walkway and the road are now open for traffic. The next phase of the project will focus on the lower part of the Battery from the eastern end of the turn to the intersection of King Street and Murray Boulevard.

The city is looking for a design consultant now, according to Vaughn. She said the design and permitting process may take up to a year to complete.

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