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Work to begin on Southold Town road

Southold Town has received the last piece of federal aid to fix a road devastated by a nor’easter more than a year ago.

Sound View Avenue, in the hamlet of Southold, has been closed since the storm washed away enough of the road to make it unsafe. The reconstruction will include rebuilding the shoulder, paving and rock revetment — the placement of rocks alongside the shoreline road to slow down erosion.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted $171,050 — 75 percent of the cost — toward the project, Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said, adding the state kicked in another 12.5 percent. The town approved a resolution to pay up to $80,000 for its share of the cost.

The town board also approved a bid from Chesterfields Associates Inc. and Latham Sand and Gravel for dredging work at Goldsmith Inlet in Peconic, and approved up to $50,000 to do the work.

The inlet, just east of the jetty built in 1964 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is dredged each year. The work must be done in the winter months so as to not disturb wildlife — including fish spawning and the laying of bird eggs on the shore, each of which happens in early spring, Russell said.


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