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A drainage design problem holds up seawall construction

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Updated: 6/29/2013 7:06 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A drainage design problem is holding up construction of St. Augustine's new seawall. City leaders say because of the changes, completion of the project is being pushed back to at least October.

Construction of the new seawall has been anything but easy for city leaders.

"Its been a difficult project since the very first construction in the late 1830s and even today it's a difficult project," said John Regan, St. Augustine City Manager.

The $6.7 million dollar project was supposed to be completed in April of this year.

"The original design had some problems because it was designed as an ex-filtration system it was allowing ground water to seep up on the sidewalk," said Regan.

The changes won't cost taxpayers more money.

According to Regan, the re-design is costing the city about $200,000 but because they were millions under budget it won't pose any problems.

Regan says because of the delay they've also decided to upgrade other parts of the seawall.

"We've switched the seawall panels to coquina concrete, I think we're using more granite for example and we're doing high technology lighting systems on walkways with LED energy efficient lighting," said Regan.

While the complications have caused some headaches, Regan says he's confident the project will get done.

"We are only going to build this once in our lifetime so the most important thing is that we build it right," said Regan.

According to Regan, the engineering firm in charge of the initial drainage system design will not be charging the city for the re-design plan.
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