West Shore Road to get emergency repairs

West Shore Road in Mill Neck was damaged West Shore Road in Mill Neck was damaged during superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Bill Bleyer

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West Shore Road, a two-mile harborside stretch in Mill Neck rendered impassable by Sandy's storm surge, will undergo emergency repairs, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said Wednesday.

The repairs will close the road for nine months, according to Bayville village officials.

The work will cost $8 million, and contractor ALAC was chosen in a bidding process, county spokeswoman Katie Grilli-Robles said.

Mangano in a statement said he filed an emergency order with the county legislature to "jump-start" the project and complete construction plans, order materials and permit road crews to begin work.

The road along Oyster Bay Harbor is a vital connection between Oyster Bay hamlet and Bayville and Centre Island. It has been closed to motorists since Sandy struck and caused parts of the seawall and outer lane to crack and collapse.

The road was deteriorating and some legislators and local leaders were fighting for its renovation even before the storm. Progress had stalled amid questions of the road's ownership, but the office of the late Legis. Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa) in September had begun to move the project forward.

Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury), a member of the rules committee that approves contracts, said the order may be voted on at a meeting Monday.

I couldn't imagine that anyone would vote against fixing West Shore Road," she said.

Grilli-Robles could not immediately say where the funds would come from.

Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) said the cost of the first phase of the original project was also $8 million and was meant for the southern third of the road. The heaviest storm damage, however, was to the middle third.

"I would have loved to have seen the work started already, so a lane could be kept open during construction," she said. "Now, half the road is missing because of Mother Nature rather than because of engineers."

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