2013-06-14 / Community

Let The Sand Begin - Army Corps Awards Bid

By Dan Guarino

Months after it was announced that sand replenishment would begin in June, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) announced on Monday that a bid winner for the project was named. The $10 million dollar project was awarded to Weeks Marine of Cranford, New Jersey. The company will place approximately 600,000 cubic yards of sand along Rockaway beaches in areas where erosion is most critical.

Senator Charles Schumer welcomed the news. “Today’s announcement means that Rockaway’s beaches are one step closer to being rebuilt and protected against future storms.” This first contract will provide a backstop of sand in the most eroded areas of the beach from Beach 89th to Beach 149th Streets. There will also be some preparatory work for a second, larger contract.

Work under the new contract will begin by late June or early July, once the equipment necessary for the project is put in place. The second contract, which will be awarded later this summer, is expected to place nearly 3 million cubic yards of sand from Beach 19th to Beach 149th Streets.

Said Schumer, “After Sandy, Rockaway’s beaches lost a tremendous amount of sand, making them vulnerable to future storms and flooding. I fought hard to make sure replenishment projects like the Rockaway Beach Protection Project were fully funded by the Sandy Relief Bill and now this important project is becoming a reality.” According to the Army Corps of Engineers there will likely be rolling closures of roughly 1,000 foot wide sections of the beach while restoration work is going on. Beach closures will be closely coordinated with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The coastal restoration work at Rockaway beaches is part of a larger U.S. Army Corps of Engineers effort throughout the northeastern United States to place nearly 27 million cubic yards of sand impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Nearly 8 million cubic yards of sand will be placed at coastal storm risk reduction projects in New York State, including Coney Island and Long Island.

“This contract is the first of two that will ultimately restore the beach to a robust condition that many people may not even remember having ever seen on the beach,” stated ACOE New York District Commander Colonel Paul E. Owen. “We hope that in addition to helping provide improved coastal storm risk reduction that this work also helps the region heal by restoring an important and central element to this coastal community.”

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