The $2.2 million rehabilitation project to restore a damaged portion of the Village of Asharoken seawall was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in early January, about a month ahead of schedule, according to officials.
Project Manager Ronald Pinzon, who is with the Corps, said work began in September and was finished by the first week in January. He said the Army Corps expedited the project because the seawall safeguards the village’s primary access road, Asharoken Avenue, from wave action. If the wall were to be breached, especially during a storm, it would be difficult for residents to reach the mainland.
“It was a very fast turnaround,” he said. “We expedited this project because we knew how important it was to the residents of Asharoken, as well as Eatons Neck.”
The project, which focused on a 200- to 300-foot section of the wall, repaired or replaced portions of the concrete that were bowed, steel sheet piling and rocks. The contractors also placed 5- to 7-ton armor stones in front of the wall on the seaward side, following the model of repairs made to other sections of the wall in 2007.
Pinzon said the 2007 repairs, done by the same contractor, Cutting Edge Group, held up in the 2010 nor’easter and subsequent storms. He said the current repairs also proved successful during the December blizzard and the snowstorm that hit Long Island a few weeks ago.
“We experienced several storms during construction and after construction so the Corps is very proud of this project,” he said.
Pinzon said the design of the wall, which was built in 1996, and its repairs are specific to Long Island and its “dynamic” conditions, including high wind and wave energy.
The project was paid for with federal funding, Pinzon said.
In a press release, Asharoken Village Mayor Patricia Irving said she was happy with the fast turnaround of the restoration and the cooperation it took between the village, the Corps, the contractor and property owners.
"When issues arose, the parties involved immediately worked together to resolve the matter,” Irving said. “As a result, the project was completed a full month ahead of schedule."