The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and its contractor H&L Contracting LLC, are hard at work building the groins (jetties) to reduce erosion and the coastal storm risk along the beach. Here’s a quick rundown of the work taking place and what’s to come.
As part of this $113.9M project, Rockaway is getting 14 new groins, while five others are being refurbished.
Since the fall, construction crews have been working on the groins at Beach 32nd Street and Beach 36th Street. These groins will be completed in early March and all work in the area will be shut down to avoid endangered birds.
According to Senior Project Manager Dan Falt, in mid- February, crews will begin setting up beach access at Beach 142nd Street and will begin working in March on the groins at Beach 149th and Beach 145th Streets. This work will take about four months, and when compete, they will begin work on the groins at Beach 140th and Beach 135th Streets. When those are complete in the fall, they will move the crews to begin work on the groins located at Beach 92nd Street and Beach 98th Street. Following that, in rough order, groins will also be constructed at Beach 125th and Beach 130th, Beach 40th and 42nd, Beach 107th and 103rd, Beach 120th and 115th, Beach 52nd, 46th and 110th. When construction occurs, surrounding beaches are closed in about 500-600 foot sections. This whole project falls under Contract 1 and is expected to be complete by Summer 2024.
Contracts for additional coastal protection measures will soon go out for bid. Contract 2 will consist of a reinforced dune construction, and pedestrian beach crossovers made of timber structures for beach access spanning the new dunes for access from the boardwalk to the beach. USACE hopes to award the contract for this project by the end of the year.
More sand placement will occur in Contract 3, as well as Jamaica Bay side improvements which are currently in the design phase. USACE planned to award this contract for sand replenishment by the end of this year, but they are trying to accelerate this process. Because of the complexity of the Jamaica Bay side improvement work, and the related drainage structures, that work will take longer to finalize, and construction is intended to begin in late 2023.
Photos by USACE and Kevin Boyle.
By Katie McFadden
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