Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $10.7 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company for the placement of an estimated 600,000 cubic yards of sand just West of Shinnecock Inlet to restore this area to its 2005 authorization level, a 15-foot-high dune with an associated 140-foot-wide beach berm from the toe of the dune, which would be a better, more robust outcome than simply restoring this area to its recent 2019 pre-storm level.
Work is expected to begin by the first week of February 2020 and be completed before the end of March, pending weather. Great Lakes will bring in a Cutterhead Dredge to perform the beach replenishment work at WOSI, ensuring no impacts to other projects currently underway at Westhampton Beach and Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet.
Multiple recent storms have caused severe damage to the dunes along the ocean side and led to severe flooding and washovers and a near breach of the barrier island just west of Shinnecock Inlet.
“This is an urgent situation along Dune Road affecting our community’s small businesses and jobs, and I applaud the Army Corps for doing everything in its power to respond to our requests quickly and effectively regarding this urgent matter,” said Congressman Zeldin. “The $10.7 million contract awarded today is continued good news for our local economy and the restaurants and other businesses, including the second largest commercial fishing dock in New York, that operate in the affected area. I’m grateful to Colonel Asbery and his team at the Army Corps for their continued hard work and partnership on this project and all across our beautiful district.”