Wis. fort to renovate 1940s-era gates

Wisconsin fort to renovate 1940s-era gates

A western Wisconsin military base is renovating its 1940s-era stone gates.

Fort McCoy’s South Post gates were built in 1941 as part of the Works Project Administration, an agency then-President Franklin Roosevelt establish to create work for the unemployed.

The gates were last repaired in 1996 when broken and collapsed stone areas and concrete caps were fixed. Fort officials say water infiltration, freezing and thawing have resulted in more cracked and broken cement capstones, degraded mortar, weather staining, moss growth, discoloration and possible interior erosion.

TCI Architects, Engineers and Contractor Inc. of La Crosse is overseeing the work. The project is slated to be finished by the end of the month. It’s expected to cost about $124,670.