Rocky Point, NY – Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro, Councilwoman Jane Bonner and United States Congressman Lee Zeldin recently announced the completion of a nearly $1-million storm water treatment and shoreline protection project at the terminus of Hallock Landing Road in Rocky Point.During Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the Hallock Landing Road outfall sustained extensive damages, including substantial sand, beach grass and vegetation erosion, as well as the destruction of the gabion-basket wall system, concrete ramp, outfall pipes, parking lot, and chain link fence.While Hurricane Sandy’s immense tidal surges were responsible for most of the damage, this shoreline stabilization project completed by the Brookhaven Highway Department repaired years of damage from multiple Nor’Easters, as well as Hurricane Irene.This large-scale project involved the installation of a storm water treatment unit to filter sediment and other contaminants before the storm water reached the outfall pipe and the Long Island Sound; the full replacement of all drainage structures and pipes including the 36” and 48” dual outfalls; the construction of a stone revetment wall with 2,150 tons of 3-4 ton-sized boulders to fortify the road ending and protect the drainage infrastructure; the construction of a new, environmentally-sensitive, heavy-duty concrete block ramp for emergency vehicle access; as well as a new walkway and stairs to provide public beach access. A new guiderail, signage, and gate were also installed once the area was completely resurfaced.This work was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Program for 90% reimbursement of the total project cost of $996,829.“Congressman Zeldin was incredibly helpful in securing the funding for this project, so we were able to utilize our local funding to its fullest extent for our ongoing road and drainage work,” said Superintendent Losquadro. “This was one of a dozen surface water quality protection projects the Highway Department has completed since I took office in March of 2015. The completion of this project—under budget—will ensure that we are less vulnerable to damage from future storms.”Councilwoman Bonner said, “Although Super Storm Sandy occurred nearly six years ago, we are still dealing with the damage left in its wake. This is a great example of how we can get important projects completed by working with different levels of government. I thank Congressman Zeldin for his strong commitment to the Town of Brookhaven and Superintendent Losquadro for all he does to improve our infrastructure and protect the environment.”“Working closely with leadership at Brookhaven Town, Highway Superintendent Losquadro and Councilwoman Bonner, we were able to secure the funding needed to complete this vital project - 90% of the nearly $1 million needed came from federal FEMA funds and 10% state funds,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Thanks to the hard work of Superintendent Losquadro, Councilwoman Bonner and all those working together at every level of government, this project has been completed and came in under budget, bolstering our area's storm resiliency and preventing future water damage while saving taxpayers hard-earned money.”Photo caption: Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro, Councilwoman Jane Bonner, and Congressman Lee Zeldin inspect the Rocky Point shoreline stabilization project.
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