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According to Canadian transportation officials, tenders closed last week on a $250,000 project to protect the West Point Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island.

The protection project comes as recent storms and extreme weather events, in addition to the area’s fragile ecosystem, have caused sever erosion on the western point of Prince County.

West Point Lighthouse

Built in 1875 and entering operations the following year, the West Point Lighthouse has been saving lives at sea for 144 years. The square, pyramidal 69-foot-tall tower was constructed by Messrs. Mugridge & Co., of Shediac, New Brunswick and attaches to a one-and-a-half-story dwelling, complete with a gable roof. At the time, the lighthouse cost $4,559.59 to build.

Tangerinehistry, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

According to Canadian transportation officials, tenders closed last week on a $250,000 project to protect the West Point Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island.

Prior to conversion of electricity, the structure exhibited a lighting apparatus comprised of eight lamps and reflectors, making revolutions every three minutes which produced one red flash followed by three white flashes every 90 seconds.

The lighthouse was manned until 1963 when its second keeper retired. Some 20 years later, an inn was established at the lighthouse by West Point Development Corporation, a group of enterprising volunteers based in western Prince Edward Island.

The group reportedly leased the lighthouse from the Canadian Coast Guard and in 2002, the structure became the first lighthouse on the island to have ownership transferred from the federal government to a community group.

In 2011, the inn underwent a series of renovations and updates. Today, the West Point Lighthouse Inn serves as a four-star retreat, featuring 13 contemporary rooms. Two of these rooms—The Keeper’s Quarters and The Tower Room—are reportedly located inside the historic original tower, in a private-guests only section.

Protection Project

As reported by CBC News, tenders closed last month on a $250,000 project to protect the historical West Point Lighthouse and other assets near the Cedar Dunes Provincial Park.

Work for the project includes the construction of a revetment wall and an additional structure designed to prevent further shoreline erosion around the lighthouse and various assets and is expected to begin between late October and early December of this year.

First steps of the project will involve the excavation of the existing concrete block wall, which is buried the length of the existing parking lot where it meets the shore and will be replace with a large amour stone retaining wall. A shorter section of the same type of stone wall will be placed just north of the lighthouse as well.

Progress on the project comes as welcome news to Jimmy Stewart, the general manager of the West Point Development Corporation.

"What we realized through this process is how much locals and visitors love their lighthouse. And as concerns were being expressed, it made me realize just how much the people care for the lighthouse."


Tagged categories: Environmental Protection; Erosion; Historic Preservation; Infrastructure; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Seawall; Upcoming projects

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