LONG ISLAND, SUFFOLK: Asharoken asks Army Corps to fix deteriorating sea wall

In 2016, village residents rejected a proposal to restore a section of the beach using federal funds because of a mandate that would allow public access there. In 2011, a damaged portion of the wall underwent a $2.2 million rehabilitation project by the Army Corps of Engineers. In 2016, village residents rejected a proposal to restore a 2.4-mile section of the beach — including a small section in front of the sea wall — using federal funds because of a mandate to allow public access to private beaches.

Asharoken is formally asking for federal assistance to repair its sea wall as flooding has shut down Asharoken Avenue three times in the past few months.

The deteriorating conditions of the sea wall have spurred the village administration to officially request assistance after a feasibility study on the 10-foot-tall wall was conducted last year. The wall helps keep the Long Island Sound from inundating Asharoken Avenue, which is the only connection between mainland Huntington Town and Eatons Neck.

In December, the village board of trustees and Huntington officials sent a joint letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation to request that the United States Army Corps of Engineers develop a plan to fix the sea wall and the eroded beach next to it.

"This is a critical infrastructure repair that has to be done as quickly as possible," said Asharoken Village Mayor Greg Letica. "In the last two months, we've had nine hours of road closure because of the flooding of the road."

One day, "all the kids that live on the other side of the sea wall had about a two-hour delay in getting to school because the road was impassable," he added.

The letter asked the Army Corps of Engineers to create what is called a Locally Preferred Project to analyze different types of durable sea wall design structures, the effectiveness of restoring a cobble beach and to consider elevating Asharoken Avenue in the sea wall area.

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