Nassau County public works officials today will open bids for the first phase of reconstruction of deteriorating West Shore Road along Oyster Bay Harbor.
The overall project will cover two miles from Oyster Bay hamlet through Mill Neck to Bayville. The work will be done in three phases, each taking about 18 months from bid through completion.
The first phase will start at Cleft Road and run 2,000 feet north. Traffic will flow one way throughout the construction with detours in place for the other direction.
The county estimates each phase will cost between $6 million and $8 million. Funding comes from a capital plan approved in 2009 and the work is considered an emergency project.
The seawall has been battered by decades of storms and neglect, and in places it is supported by gabion wire cages filled with rocks as a stopgap measure. Plans to repair the road date to the 1970s, but opposition to a more expansive plan that would have raised the road and added a sidewalk, breakdown shoulder and bike path stalled the work.
The revised plan drops those elements but still calls for LIPA power lines to be buried and there will be a walkable shoulder.
“This is a real emergency situation and I am happy we are addressing it as such,” said county Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove). “Boaters have told me this summer that from the water you can actually see the road shaking under the traffic.”
She said a community meeting will be held to discuss the project.
Above: Cars pass near the crumbling seawall on West Shore Road in Bayville. (April 15, 2012)