The first phase of the Battery seawall repair and reconstruction project has been completed.

Repairs costing $2.7 million are done on an area known as "the Turn," a 120-foot section at the very point of the Charleston peninsula, according to a news release from the city of Charleston. The city plans to eventually renovate the entire 1.2 mile stretch.

The walkway and road in that area are now open.

"The Turn" is where the stone High Battery along East Battery connects with the Low Battery along Murray Boulevard.

That portion of the Battery was designated a priority due to substantial deterioration of the underlying wooden deck and pile system, the release stated.

Renovation also was completed on some of the High Battery's stone. The work made walking surfaces more level.

The next phase of the renovations will focus on the replacement of the Low Battery from the eastern end at "the Turn" to the intersection of King Street and Murray Boulevard.

The city currently is looking for a design consultant for that work. The design and permitting process may take up to one year to complete, according to the release.

Over its lifetime, The Battery has evolved from natural marsh that met early visitors, to protective palmetto logs and later brick and stone. Saltwater, hurricanes, an earthquake and the settling of in-fill have all worked to undermine the structure over the decades.

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