Patriots Point looks to cofferdams to save the Yorktown

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On Wednesday, June 15th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented a study to the Patriots Point Development Authority Board with the aim to save the USS Yorktown.

The concept study took a year and $274,000 to complete and provides cost estimates and designs for three possible cofferdams that could help to rescue the Yorktown from the mud it's buried in.

The hope is that a cofferdam would give a type of dry dock environment, saving up to $100 million that would be needed to relocate the historical landmark for repairs. The three cofferdam possibilities would cost between $402,000 and $20.8 million and are all being considered and looked into further.

The project and funding options will be discussed further at the board's July meeting.

For more information about the three cofferdam proposals, check out Charleston Regional Business Journal's in-depth report here.

And to catch up on the drama surrounding Yorktown's repairs, check out our topic page here.

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