West Shore Road Restoration Contract to Be Awarded

County Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton Plans Public Meeting

At long last, the plans to repair and restore West Shore Road in Mill Neck are finally a reality. On July 3, the initial phase of the project went to public bid.

County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton will be hosting a public meeting for residents to learn specifics about the project. In general she was very positive about the work moving forward.

“This is a real emergency situation and I am happy we are addressing it as such,” Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton said. “Boaters have told me this summer that from the water you can actually see the road shaking under the traffic.”

The next step is for Peter Schmitt, presiding officer of the Legislature to call for the contract to be approved by the Legislature.

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton said that, as West Shore Road is the way in and out of Bayville and Centre Island, an emergency route and disaster supply route, she has been pushing for the worsening situation to be remedied.

The West Shore Road project is two miles in total, to be done in three phases, each one taking about 18 months from bid through completion. The first phase will involve renovation starting at the light at Cleft Road to about 2,000 feet north of that area. That 2,000 foot stretch will be a one way throughout construction. Detours will be posted as that area will have a traffic delay. (Only local traffic should use the road.)

In anticipation for the upcoming repair project, a group of local officials met at Beekman Beach to review the damaged sea wall and railing along West Shore Road. Right to left: Mill Neck Mayor Peter Quick, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Bayville Mayor Douglas Watson, Bayville Deputy Mayor Kate Naughton, Barry Lamb of Friends of the Bay, Village of Lattingtown Deputy Mayor Janet Connolly.

Funding for the West Shore Road project comes from a capital plan approved in 2009 that has gone through NIFA approval this year and is on a list of emergency projects. The Department of Public Works estimates each phase of the project to cost from $6 million to $8 million.

As the beach along West Shore Road is protected, the repair project was also deemed necessary by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The group did not want any more concrete “gabions” – concrete blocks in wire – serving as temporary reinforcement to the failing sea wall. Along with the DEC, the county has had to coordinate and get permits from the NY Department of State, the Army Corps of Engineers, National Fish and Wildlife and NOAA. The Office of the 18th LD and the Department of Public Works have also tried to incorporate input from Friends of the Bay and community concerns.

LIPA power lines will be put totally underground throughout the three phases. The county is also working with Cablevision to have them put their lines underground at the same time as county construction.

The road will not be noticeably raised because community members protested this. It is, however, being constructed so that the gradient is best to direct the flow of water back into the catch basin at either end to mitigate flooding.

There will not be bike path or sidewalk. (The urgent goal is to repair the dangerous roadway.) There will be a walkable shoulder. It will remain a two-lane road.

The boundaries are not changing and encroaching onto properties.

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4 Comments on “West Shore Road Restoration Contract to Be Awarded”

  1. Liz
    July 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Why not include a bike path, which would allow the hundreds of cyclists, runners, walkers and fishermen who utilize this roadway safe access? Just curious as to why this would not have been a consideration during the planning phase??

  2. Carla Panetta
    July 25, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    This year Governor Cuomo signed a bill about “complete streets”. S5411A-2011 “Enables safe access to public roads for all users by utilizing complete street design principals.” Improved mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists, etc in street planning. DOESN’T THIS APPLY??!!

    • September 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      Good question – New York State’s “complete streets” only applies to New York State roads unfortunately. That said, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton is pushing for all possible safety measures. Please make an appointment to meet for more information.

  3. Jerry
    August 13, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    This road is host to hundreds of cyclists and joggers and it not safe for them or the drivers that must accommodate them. A bike/ pedestrian path should absolutely be part of this project. To leave it out is to turn a blind eye to a serious danger and to miss out on a great opportunity to create a wonderful recreational link between the two towns.

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