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Sandy relief funds to kick start design of Staten Island seawall

Project Updates // January 25, 2017

US Senator Charles E Schumer, Congressman Dan Donovan, and Borough President James Oddo have announced US$2 million in federal funding to kick start the design phase of the Staten Island Sea Wall project.

The US$2 million in Sandy relief funds have been provided to the US Army Corps of Engineers and will go towards field surveys and geo-technical work. Last year, Schumer and Donovan successfully urged the Army Corps to expeditiously review and approve the Director’s Report for the Staten Island Coastal Storm Risk Management Project.

"When it comes to protecting Staten Island from damaging storms and surges, we have to utilize every tool in the tool box and that is why hammering out a plan for the Island's sea wall is so critical," said Schumer. "These resiliency funds will drive the first nail into the plan to construct the sea wall and protect homeowners, business owners and all of the resources that define this cherished island."

The project is divided into three phases: feasibility, design, and construction. During the feasibility phase, which concluded in 2016, the Army Corps determined whether construction was possible, estimated costs and benefits, and completed preliminary engineering work.

During the design phase, engineers and architects will create detailed blueprints and construction plans. In the construction phase, the Army Corps and contractors will build the seawall based on the design. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2018 or early 2019.

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