Storm-damaged West Shore Road could be mostly repaired and fully accessible as early as the Fourth of July weekend, two months sooner than originally projected, according to Nassau County officials, who Tuesday said they were trying to accommodate residents and businesses dependent on the Bayville-Oyster Bay hamlet connection.
Officials also said Tuesday they hope to open the road to the public temporarily at various points during the construction, though they could not say exactly when and for how long.
The harborside road, shuttered since superstorm Sandy reduced parts of it to chunks of pavement, was to undergo nine months’ worth of construction under an emergency order by County Executive Edward Mangano.
“The bipartisan cooperation will ensure the best possible result for our residents as we begin to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Sandy,” Mangano, a Republican, said in a statement.
Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove), who advocated for West Shore Road repairs before Sandy struck, said she hopes it can be open some weekends during construction.
“My first choice would have been that the work had started in April,” she said. “Now, I appreciate the fact that all those involved realize the financial impact and safety impact that closing this road will have on Bayville and Oyster Bay and the surrounding areas.”
A petition urging Mangano to shorten his nine-month plan to rebuild West Shore Road had more than 700 signatures as of Tuesday night.
One Bayville resident who signed, Margaret Marchand, said she’s “cautiously optimistic” about a July target date and intermittent openings. “If what they’re saying is true, then I think we’re moving in the right direction.”
She added, however, that she believes the construction schedule can be shortened still further.
Above: West Shore Road in Mill Neck was damaged during superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 31, 2012)