U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards bid to repair Sandy-damaged Brooklyn beaches - NY Daily News
The beach buildup in Coney Island is coasting ahead.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $7.3 million contract to a dredging company to repair eroded gaps along a three-mile stretch between W. 37th St. and Brighton Beach, rebuilding dunes and adding other protections.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company plans to deposit 600,000 cubic yards of sand along the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged beach to help keep ocean water from flooding nearby homes and stores.
The sand will be taken from the Jamaica Bay Inlet. Construction is expected to begin in August and will be completed this fall.
There will be rolling closures of roughly 1,000-foot-wide sections of beach while the work is being done.
“This work is important to ensuring the engineered beach continues to provide coastal storm risk reduction to the communities behind it,” said Col. Paul Owen, the Army Corps district commander.
The federal government also plans to spend $30 million to shore up the private beaches of Seagate. That measure has aroused critics, who contend that tax dollars should not be used to help a privately owned beach that is closed to the city’s masses.
The corps has long wanted to safeguard Brooklyn’s beaches.
In 1972, the federal agency suggested building a 15-foot-high floodwall along the Coney Island peninsula, from Manhattan Beach to Sea Gate, but the $100 million plan petered out due to lack of money