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Scaffolding goes up around New Point Light

Scaffolding is going up around New Point Comfort Lighthouse in preparation for long-anticipated repairs to the weather-damaged limestone and vandalized door and windows.

Mathews Planning and Zoning Director Thomas Jenkins said the contractor, First Class Contracting of Richmond, has finished delivering all the scaffolding to the site, along with rubber matting that is being laid around the base of the lighthouse to catch any debris from the renovation process.

Abatement of the small amount of lead paint is next, followed by demolition of the windows, metal bars, ladder, and other fixtures.

Mocking up stones to replace areas where the sandstone is deeply pitted and pointing and sealing the sandstone will all be undertaken at the same time that the cupola is being removed from the top of the lighthouse to be worked on, said Jenkins. The cupola will remain on-site rather than barged to a workshop, resulting in cost savings.

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