Safety concerns prompt Portsmouth to close part of sea wall

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A section of Portsmouth’s sea wall is being closed following the discovery of possible structural problems.

City engineer James Wright tells media outlets that underwater inspections found deformation of batter piles and other deficiencies.

About 950 feet of the sea wall will be closed by the end of the day on Friday. Wright says the section runs from the North Inlet at the Renaissance Hotel to the flag pole at Admiral’s Landing.

Wright says the city also might have to close another section that runs from High Street to near City Hall.

The sea wall had been part of the course for the Elizabeth River Run 10K set for Saturday. Race organizers rerouted the course because of the closure.


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