The first contract worth approx. $47.5 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project was awarded Monday to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, reports the East Hampton Star.
The first contract calls for the dredging of Fire Island Inlet and sand placement at Gilgo Beach and Robert Moses State Park.
According to the Army Corps, the contractor will hydraulically dredge the navigation channel, deposition basin, and ebb shoal of Fire Island Inlet and pump the resulting 1.5 million cubic yards of material in the vicinity of Robert Moses State Park and Gilgo Beach to re-establish the natural longshore transport of sand and provide protection to the mainland and barrier island.
FIMP is a coastal storm risk management project worth $1.5 billion that is designed to manage the risk of coastal storm damage along Long Island’s Atlantic Coast.
The project includes beach, dune, and berm construction along 83 miles of the Long Island’s Atlantic Coast shoreline from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point, and 200+ miles of back-bay shoreline along Long Island’s south shore, including Great South Bay, Moriches Bay and Shinnecock Bay.
It spans the south shore of Suffolk County, including portions of the Towns of Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven, Southampton, and East Hampton; 12 incorporated villages; the Fire Island National Seashore; and the Poospatuck and Shinnecock Indian Reservations.