Montauk Point coastal scheme completed

Governor Kathy Hochul, the Army Corps New York District, Montauk Historical Society, and other partners yesterday celebrated the completion of the Montauk Point Coastal Resiliency Project.

Photo courtesy of USACE

The officials also celebrated the reopening of the newly restored Montauk Point Lighthouse – the landmark located on the easternmost point of Long Island.

“Extreme storms can have a devastating impact on so many communities and resources, especially here at the coastal Montauk Lighthouse complex,” Governor Hochul said. “New York State is proud to complete this project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement this critical shoreline resiliency project so that the beautifully renovated lighthouse buildings and grounds are protected and enjoyed for generations to come.”

The Army Corps coastal storm damage risk management project included the reconstruction of approximately 1,000 linear feet of stone revetment, including removal and reuse of existing armor stones, and delivery and placement of new armor stones weighing anywhere between 10-20 tons apiece.

The project is designed to protect the historic Montauk Point lighthouse, complex, bluff area and associated cultural resources by stabilizing the site and protecting it from future coastal storms.

The cost of the overall effort to restore and protect the historical landmark and the coast was approximately $44 million, which included the award of a construction contract to H&L Contracting of Bayshore in 2021. The project was cost shared between USACE and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).