MADISON, WI -

Fort McCoy is renovating its historic Stone Gates on its South Post, off of State Highway 16.

The 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.

"The Stone Gates are one of the more-notable features we have at Fort McCoy," said Stephen Wagner, Fort McCoy's archaeological contractor. "We wanted to keep the repairs as close to the original appearance as possible, and have an experienced company do the work correctly. This work should last into the foreseeable future."

The project, which started in mid-August, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month. It's expected to cost about $124,670. TCI Architects, Engineers and Contractor Inc. of La Crosse is overseeing the work.