Repairs on the nearly 160-year-old Fire Island Lighthouse, which should help it ride out storms, have finished about a month behind schedule, officials said Thursday.
The $1.2 million project included shoring up the terrace and its underpinnings, weakened by superstorm Sandy in 2012, the National Park Service said in statement.
“About 4,000 bricks were removed from the southwest corner of the exterior terrace wall,” said Fire Island National Seashore facility operations specialist Dennis Mott, “which allowed us to strengthen the substructure” flooded during Sandy.
Ocean Construction LLC of Marmora, New Jersey, which specializes in historic preservation, began working in April.
“The delay was caused in part by rain, as dry conditions were needed for the stones to be set, and also for an assessment of the color and texture of the brick mortar to ensure its consistency with the historic design,” a spokeswoman for the park service said by email.
“With these historical renovation projects, it’s inevitable that you run into stuff like that,” said Chuck Haggerty, an Ocean Construction manager, who noted the project required him to ascend the lighthouse’s 189 stairs six times on just one day.
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