The Bayville Bridge, a drawbridge linking Bayville and Mill Neck that was knocked out of commission by superstorm Sandy, is scheduled to be operable again on April 17, according to the Nassau County Department of Public Works. Donna Boyle, the department’s engineer serving as project manager for the bridge repairs and reconstruction of West Shore Road south of the bridge, discussed the progress of both projects at a meeting of the Bayville-Centre Island Rotary Club Tuesday night.
She said the bridge’s electronics and backup generator were flooded and ruined in the October storm. She said replacement electronic components were due to arrive this week and the replacement backup generator will be placed on a new concrete pad near the bridge on higher ground. The previous generator was located on the bridge.
The county has already opened the bridge twice on an emergency basis since the storm to allow commercial and recreational vessels to exit Mill Neck Creek, Boyle said. That cost the county $87,000, she said.
West Shore Road is still scheduled to be fully reopened to vehicle traffic by July Fourth, Boyle told the audience.
But the county is trying to partially open the road — either one lane or both lanes at certain times when construction is not going on — before July, public works spokesman Michael Martino said after the meeting.
Residents in the audience suggested the county work around the clock to open the road sooner. “It’s unsafe to work overnight,” Boyle responded, because the seawall work is affected by the two daily high tides.
Boyle said conduit has been laid along the road to accommodate utility lines, allowing the existing utility poles and lines to be removed. Construction of a new seawall comprised of hollow granite blocks filled with gravel has begun. The seawall will be up to 18 feet tall, topped by a railing.
The current project is a $5 million emergency repair of the center section of the road combined with the first of three phases of a previously planned reconstruction.
The county reopened the southern third of the road south of Cleft Road to traffic in January.