Beth Young / East End Beacon

NY - Army Corps' Fire Island To Montauk Point Project Kicks Off

Leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New York District gathered at the Fire Island Lighthouse on Dec. 17 for an official ceremony kicking off construction on the $1.7 billion Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) coastal-storm risk-management project, which has been in the works for several decades.

The project is designed to reduce flood risk along 83 miles of coastline along the South Shore, from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point.

Historically, Long Island’s barrier islands and south shore mainland communities have been battered by severe storms — New York has been impacted by 84 tropical or subtropical cyclones since the 17th Century.

“Today is a great day for Long Islanders who have been waiting many years for a project of this magnitude to reduce flood risk to their property and communities,” said Army Corps New York District Commander Col. Matthew Luzzatto. “This project represents another step in the process of increasing coastal resiliency throughout our Area of Responsibility, as we’ve done in multiple communities such as Coney Island, Long Beach, Fire Island to Montauk Inlet, and East Rockaway, where work is currently ongoing.”

The FIMP project begins at the site of the ceremony, where Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will remove more than 1.5 million cubic yards of sand from Fire Island Inlet and place it on updrift and downdrift beaches to reduce erosion and strengthen coastal resiliency. Approximately 802,000 cubic yards of sand will be placed along Gilgo Beach and 716,000 on Robert Moses State Park. This contract also includes the construction of coastal process features in Robert Moses State Park which are designed to enhance piping plover habitats.

The project, Contract 1 of FIMP, was awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for nearly $47.5 million in August.

The work is 100 percent federally funded under Public Law 113-2, the Emergency Supplemental Bill passed not long after Superstorm Sandy hit Long Island in October of 2012.

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