Third phase of Portsmouth seawall project nearly complete


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The third phase of the City of Portsmouth’s seawall renovation project is set to open soon.

In November of 2015, city officials deemed the seawall unsafe following an underwater inspection that revealed structural deficiencies. The City decided to replace the seawall in sections.

Phase one and two, which include the walkway between High Street Landing and the Renaissance Hotel, reopened in November of 2017.

“It looks a lot nicer. It had really gotten trashy looking before they started fixing up the seawalls,” said David Monacelli, a Portsmouth resident who walks his dog along the seawall. “We just enjoy coming down here, it’s a nice peaceful place to walk. You can come down here anytime, early in the morning, late in the evening, its all nice and safe and we enjoy it.”

Phase three of the project, High Street Landing to the marina at City Hall, is almost finished. It will be open to the public at the end of the week, weather permitting.

“This seawall has been here over 50 years and so it was time, past time, from an engineering perspective for it to be replaced,” said Portsmouth City Councilwoman Elizabeth Psimas. “It’s a little monotonous listening to the things be pumped into the ground and it’s loud and it’s obnoxious, but we know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, so it’s all worth it in the long run.” 

Phase four, which is the Holiday Inn Section, is expected to start in the spring.

The cost-to-date for phase three is $8,502,0721. So far, the city has approved $20 million for the project.  

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