The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, has awarded a $25.2 million contract to H&L LLC of Bay Shore, New York, to construct T-groins and place sand in the community of Sea Gate west of the West 37th Street Groin in Coney Island.
The project at Sea Gate is designed to prevent flanking of the West 37th Street Groin and to improve the functioning of the overall existing coastal storm risk management project at Coney Island.
The contract includes the construction of four stone T-groins, a stone spur on the West 37th Street Groin and reinforcement of the Norton Point Dike and the West 37th Street Groin. The contract also includes the placement of roughly 125,000 cubic yards of sand within the project area, with sand coming from the Gravesend Bay side of Sea Gate as well as dredged from the Rockaway Inlet Federal Navigation Channel.
While this work will provide increased risk reduction for some residents in the community of Sea Gate, the primary purpose of the proposed work is to protect the West 37th Street Terminal Groin from flanking and reduce rapid erosion of fill on the Atlantic coast of Coney Island/Sea Gate that occurs from that groin westward to Norton Point.
The stonework aspects of the project, which will involve roughly 100,000 tons of stone, will be completed first, with stonework starting this fall. The stonework includes T-groin construction, rehabilitation work on the West 37th Street Groin and the addition of a spur to it and the rehabilitation of the Norton Point Dike. Once the stonework is complete, work will begin on sand placement, which is slated to be done in early 2016.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is excited to be awarding this important contract for work in Sea Gate that is being implemented in coordination with our partners in the New York State DEC and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation,” New York District Commander Col. Paul Owen said. “This work will benefit the entire Coney Island area by improving the functioning of existing coastal storm risk management project at Coney Island, while also providing ancillary benefits to the residents of Sea Gate.”
The project is being carried out in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Corps of Engineers and the DEC are coordinating closely with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation on this upcoming work at Sea Gate as well as all work associated with the existing coastal storm risk management project at Coney Island.
“We are pleased to be moving forward with this important project to reduce erosion and address the long-term shoreline protection needs for the Coney Island Peninsula,” said New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver. “This project, along with many of our other resiliency efforts, is the result of a strong partnership between the City, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.”
This project is 100 percent federally funded through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, also commonly referred to as the Sandy Relief Bill.