U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Colonel David Caldwell of the Army Corps of Engineers, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and several other officials broke ground yesterday on the Long Beach Island shore protection project.
This coastal scheme includes seven miles of protected shoreline, between East Rockaway Inlet and Jones Inlet.
Overall, the finished project will include new stone for jetties, groin rehabilitation, 5 million cubic yards of sand fill and dunes approximately 14 feet above sea level across the length of Long Beach Island’s 7 mile shoreline.
Schumer secured the federal funds needed to get this project off the ground.
“The Long Beach Protection Project’s groundbreaking should be celebrated by the many homeowners and businesses of Long Beach that have shown incredible resilience since Superstorm Sandy,” said Senator Schumer.
“This Army Corps project—decades in the making—will provide Long Beach with the armor it needs to weather the next storm and that’s why I fought tooth and nail to secure the funds needed to get it off the ground and put it on the path that has finally led to shovels in the ground.”
The project’s initial construction cost is approximately $230 million.
The first contract, consisting of stone work for the groins, was awarded in March. The second contract, consisting of sand placement for the dunes and beach as well as walkover/crossover structures, is expected be awarded in fall 2017.