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Lumber shortage delays Sagamore Hill boardwalk repairs

Rendering of Sagamore Hill, about 1918. The National

Rendering of Sagamore Hill, about 1918. The National Park Service recently awarded a $199,000 contract to rebuild the 366-foot walkway that provides public access to Sagamore Hill?s beach and salt marsh. It was destroyed by superstorm Sandy last October. Credit: Handout

A lumber shortage has delayed reconstruction of the Eel Creek Boardwalk at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

The National Park Service recently awarded a $199,000 contract to Chesterfield Associates Inc. of Westhampton Beach to rebuild the 366-foot walkway that provides public access to Sagamore Hill’s beach and salt marsh. The raised boardwalk was destroyed during superstorm Sandy last October.

The reconstruction had been scheduled to begin in early September but was postponed due to a lumber shortage resulting from increased demand in the wake of Sandy. The work is now scheduled to begin Monday and be completed Nov. 8. The nature trail will remain closed during that time.

The repair money will come from $398 million set aside by the  U.S. Park Service to pay for damage from the storm.

The project will re-establish the park’s only public access to Cold Spring Harbor and the beach that Theodore Roosevelt and his family frequently visited for swimming and camping.
 

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