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BEAUFORT, S.C. – Since last August, divers from Cape Romain Contractors have descended from a barge anchored at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park to shore up 33 pilings under the park that were in a state of disrepair.
The project, under the director of Matt St. Clair, Director of Public Projects & Facilities for the City of Beaufort, is expected to conclude this week.
The divers first power-washed each 12-inch pre-stressed concrete pile. Fiberglass jackets were used to encase each piling. An epoxy, which was mixed on the barge, was pumped through a hose that the divers then used to create a seal between the jacket and the piling.
The last repair project was in 2018, when 14 pilings were repaired, St. Clair said.
The waterfront project cost $590,000, and was primarily funded through a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. Other current Public Works projects in the City of Beaufort:
Caption: Diver is handed a fiberglass jacket that he will affix to one of the pilings.
Contact: Kathleen Williams, Communications Managerkwilliams@cityofbeaufort.orgOffice: 843-470-3508Cell: 843-929-7791