(Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site this week.)
The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is starting preservation and restoration work this week and continuing through midsummer. A contractor hired by the National Park Service will be replacing much of the charging bridge and casting shed roof of the blast furnace. This maintenance project will replace aging wooden beams, decking and other elements to maintain and improve the safety and condition of these structures.
A substantial portion of the upper lawn and a perimeter around the blast furnace and casting shed will be fenced off for materials, equipment storage (including a large crane) and work area. The remaining unfenced lawn areas, entrances to the park and all other pathways through the park will remain open to the public unless construction activities require additional temporary closures to ensure safety. Work and access areas of the upper lawn will be protected with heavy landscape fabric and gravel placed on top of the turf to protect the lawn and archeological resources.
The work being performed will generate increased noise. Disruption will be minimized by having construction activity primarily take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Currently, we anticipate the work to be completed this summer. Please visit the park websitehttps://www.nps.gov/articles/000/preservation-and-restoration.htm to follow progress.