Weeks Excuse On Sand
Weeks Marine, the company awarded the $24 million job to pump sand onto Rockaway beaches has used one dredge and pipe story after another to explain their tardiness in getting started (and not just in Rockaway, see this week’s editorial).
Still, the Army Corps is preparing as if Weeks will start, uhm, soon. The following comes via Dan Falt, an Army Corps project manager:
“We expect the first really visible construction activities for the Rockaway renourishment contract to begin this weekend, including subsequent beach closures for a safety perimeter. We expect this first area, temporarily closed to the public, will be from Beach 117th to Beach 113th.
“The first step will be landing the submerged offshore pipeline from the borrow area in the vicinity of Beach 116th. Also, the beach berm in the area of Beach 116th to Beach 109th will be moved back toward the boardwalk line to facilitate new sand placement, so if asked (by readers) about earthmovers moving sand on the beach in that area, that is what is happening.”
Here’s the yellow flag in the hopeful schedule:
“We expect the dredge to arrive shortly after the submerged pipeline is established. The dredge’s arrival is still contingent upon ongoing work elsewhere and ultimately weather conditions. It is expected to arrive not this coming week, but it should hopefully be arriving the following week (during the week of April 6th).
“Work will first begin from Beach 116th and move east to Beach 81st, meaning placement activities in these areas of the beach should be completed in advance of the beach season. Work will then switch directions from the joint where the pipeline is landed at Beach 116th and sand placement activities will progress west to Beach 149th. Areas east of 81st will be completed once any endangered species have left the area.”
The endangered species, also known as the piping plovers, get their own beaches from April 1st through September 1st.
“As was the case last year, we will coordinate with our partners at NYC Parks regarding necessary rolling beach closures in areas where sand placement is active. As we complete areas, we will work to reopen the beaches as soon as feasible so that beachgoers can utilize the newly enlarged beach adjacent to the closures.”
That’s the latest, subject to that other reliable variable: the weather (and more Weeks excuses).