A $ 30.7 million state and federal project to strengthen the coastline near Montauk Lighthouse protects historic monuments for generations to come, Governor Andrew M. Kuomo and representatives of the U.S. Army Engineers said Wednesday Announced in.
The Bayshore H & L contract has won a two-year contract for the project. The contract requires the removal and reuse of existing 5 ton and 10 ton armor stones and the addition of 10 ton and 15 ton armor stones to protect the coast. Scheduled to begin this spring, the work will also provide terraced rice fields and vegetation slope stabilization at the top of the coastal rock walls known as revetments.
The country’s landmark lighthouse, commissioned by George Washington, was 300 feet from the coast when it was built in 1796. Currently less than 100 feet from the sea due to erosion.
“The historic Montauk Point Lighthouse is a treasure in New York, but erosion and the weight of the year can wash it away,” Cuomo said in a news release. “The state is working with federal partners to prevent it from happening and to preserve this landmark for future generations of New Yorkers to explore and enjoy.”
“We look forward to this important part of American history continuing to be a symbol of our strength and the excellence of American military engineering for the next 100 years,” said Colonel Matthew Rusat of the Army Corps New York District. I added.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation has pledged $ 15.4 million in funding from New York Works, and local sponsor Montauk Historical Society will continue to maintain the site after construction is complete.
Greg Donoue, director of the History Society and director of the lighthouse sabo, said locals have been seeking engineering solutions to protect structures for 30 years.
According to Donoue, more than 100,000 visitors landed on the premises this year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic closing the lighthouse. He also said that the lighthouse has undergone more than $ 1 million in restoration of its exterior and, along with the seawall, will preserve it for another century.
“We really needed that designed solution,” said Donohue. “Most of them are together, but the eastern part of the wall is starting to crumble. It’s so timely that I’m tickled pink.”