By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The US Army Corps of Engineers says it intends solicit bids for a massive beach repair project at the Coney Island and Rockaway beaches in Brooklyn and Queens.
Rebuilding the two beaches, damaged during Superstorm Sandy, will take four and a half million cubic yards of sand and will cost between $25,000,000 to $100,000,000, according to a “presolicitation” filed with the government.
The mountains of sand will be dredged from the Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay and from an area three to five miles off the Rockaways, and hydraulically pumped to the project site, according to the Corps.
The Coney Island repair area lies along the shoreline between Rockaway Inlet and Norton Point and encompasses approximately 13,500 feet of public beach, as well as 2,300 feet along the area of Sea Gate. About a million cubic yards of sand will be replaced here.
Beside beach repair, the Coney project includes repairing a long wall built out into the ocean at West 37 Street (called a “terminal groin”), sewer outfall extensions, a retaining wall at West 25 Street and more.
The Rockaway Beach project extends from Beach 149th Street to Beach 19th Street and encompasses approximately 6.2 miles of shoreline. About three and a half million cubic yards of sand will be replaced here.
Once started, the project is expected to take about a year to complete.