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Emergency repairs approved for West Shore Road

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

More than $9 million in contracts to immediately repair storm-battered West Shore Road in Mill Neck were approved Tuesday by the Nassau County Legislature’s rules committee.

The harborside road, a vital connection between Oyster Bay hamlet and Bayville and Centre Island, was crumbling before Sandy struck, and portions have collapsed under the weight of the storm surge.

West Shore Road has been closed since the storm. It will remain closed to all but emergency vehicles and area residents for nine months during construction, county public works commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias told the legislature Tuesday.

Construction was originally expected to last 18 months before County Executive Edward Mangano issued an emergency order to fast-track repairs.

“We will seek reimbursement for all parts of West Shore Road impacted by the hurricane,” Shah-Gavnoudias said.

The rules committee in a unanimous 7-0 vote approved a $8 million contract to winning bidder ALAC Contracting Corp. to remove and replace the seawall and repair the road, drains, guardrail and other items. The committee also approved about $1 million in construction management and inspection contracts.

“It’s on the move now, and obviously, saying it’s imperative is an understatement,” committee member Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) said.

Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove), who represents the area, urged the county to finish repairs by the summer tourism season.

The work will include repairs to the storm-damaged portions of West Shore Road as well as Phase 1 of the original reconstruction plan, she said.

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