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Oyster Bay road reconstruction expanded by erosion

Repair work on West Shore Road on Dec.

Repair work on West Shore Road on Dec. 20, 2012, after it was badly damaged by superstorm Sandy. Credit: Newsday / David Pokress

Nassau County is expanding the scope of the second phase of the reconstruction of West Shore Road along Oyster Bay to encompass a section that has become badly eroded.

High tides and waves in the past few weeks damaged a 700-foot section about 2 /10 of a mile south of the Bayville Bridge, creating a gash in the hillside running from the beach to the edge of the pavement.

County workers filled the gash temporarily with stones, and a contractor has been removing trees in the past few days along the edge of the road in preparation for a permanent repair.

That work is being added to the second phase of the road reconstruction after superstorm Sandy undermined the link between Bayville and Oyster Bay in 2012.

The additional work will require rebidding the contract, county Department of Public Works spokesman Michael Martino said. But he added that it will not affect the schedule for the work or the estimated $8 million cost. Construction is still scheduled to run from October until the spring of 2015.

Bids for the original contract were received in March. The new bids are scheduled to be opened by the beginning of June.

A public meeting will be held before the project begins, Martino said.

After Sandy in October 2012, the road was closed until last June, and motorists had to make a 5-mile detour through Mill Neck and Lattingtown to reach Bayville and Centre Island.

The closing of the 2-mile stretch inconvenienced drivers and hurt businesses in Bayville and Oyster Bay. The county plans to work with the winning bidder to limit full closure of the road and use one-lane closures during part of the construction period, if possible.

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