Repair work is set to begin on Government House on St. Thomas and The Battery on St. John, more than two years after the historic buildings were badly damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

J. Benton Construction LLC was awarded the contract for Government House cleaning and restoration, with a bid of $3,678,075. Work will begin Friday and is expected to last a year, according to a news release issued Thursday by Government House Communications Director Richard Motta Jr.

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