2014-01-17 / Front Page

Slow But Gets A Go

While the timeline seems birdbrained the Community Board found enough good reasons to give approval to the construction and design of the new boardwalk at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Among the highlights of the plan are the following:

The boardwalk will be concrete and include baffle walls on the north side. The remaining concrete stanchions that survived Sandy will not be used in the rebuild. Instead, they will be buried by sand. New steel pilings will be installed as the boardwalk foundation.

Also: A dune system will run the length of the beach and be as high as 16 feet, essentially being the same height as the boardwalk which in some locations will be as much as seven feet higher than the old boardwalk.

Steps from the boardwalk will be15 to 20 feet in length with most steps sunk into the beachside sand. Should even major erosion occur, the steps will be deep enough to reach the beach surface.

Access to the beach will be a combination of steps and ADA compliant ramps. The design for access to beaches in Belle Harbor and Neponsit are still in the planning stage.

There will be dedicated bike lanes on the north side of the boardwalk. The boardwalk will be sand colored concrete planks. The design includes using contrasting material so that the word ROCKAWAY will be ingrained in the surface and will be viewable from the sky or from high apartments. The signature is expected to attract aerial artists and photographers and be a marquee of sorts, introducing the peninsula to the world.

The cost of the project will be in the range of $230-250 million.

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