GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) – Work is expected to begin soon refurbishing a 140-year-old Long Island Sound lighthouse that will memorialize local victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Greenwich officials have awarded a contract for $1.13 million to restore the Great Captains Island lighthouse.

Work on the lighthouse restoration is scheduled to start in mid-July and take a little more than three months.

The lighthouse was built in 1868, and has been dark since 1970, when the U.S. Coast Guard moved its beacon to a freestanding 30-foot structure on Great Captains Island.

The renovated lighthouse, about 3 miles from Greenwich, has a view of New York’s Manhattan skyline. It will include a memorial to the 16 residents and seven others with Greenwich ties who were killed Sept. 11. Most worked at the World Trade Center, and two were killed on the hijacked airliners.

Information from: Greenwich Time,

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