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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Major Contract for South Shore of Staten Island

New York District
Published June 12, 2024

MANAGING THE ATLANTIC. A wave crashes ashore at Jones Beach State Park on the south shore of New York's Long Island on the Atlantic Ocean. The Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point Coastal Storm Risk Management Project will provide reduced flood risk to vulnerable areas along 83 miles of shoreline.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District, is pleased to announce the awarding of a significant contract for the construction of large interior drainage ponds and associated stormwater infrastructure in the South Shore of Staten Island (SSSI) Area-E at South Beach. The contract has been awarded to Triumph Construction Corp. for a total of $132,671,085.

This contract includes the construction of detention basins connected with an open channel culvert, various stormwater drainage structures such as box culverts, junction chambers, sluice gates, weir chambers, flap gates, and inlets for future stormwater inlets, as well as the relocation of existing sanitary sewers.

This is the first of several construction contracts that will occur over the next few years in order to construct the overall South Shore of Staten Island project, including additional interior drainage areas, seawall, etc.  Designs for each of the remaining construction contracts is currently underway.

Staten Island has a long history of suffering severe storm damage, with major events such as the Nor'easter of December 1992, the March storm of 1993, and Super Storm Sandy in October 2012 caused significant damage. This area remains increasingly vulnerable to severe damage even from moderate storms.

Project Details:
From Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach, the Final Feasibility Report, Final Environmental Impact Statement, and Final Record of Decision were approved in October 2016 and formally approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works in December 2016. The Final Validation Report, completed in January 2024, documented project updates, including design refinements, updated project cost estimates, economic benefits, and environmental impact assessments. The Final Chief of Engineers Report was completed in February 2024 and provided for Congressional notification.

Authorization and Funding:
The project began with a Feasibility Study authorized by the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Public Works and Transportation, adopted on May 13, 1993. The study aimed to identify possible risk management solutions for hurricane and storm damage and to determine whether Federal participation was warranted in constructing shore protection measures. The Feasibility Study, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Public Law 113-2 (the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013), was completed and approved in 2016. Public Law 113-2 also provided authorization and Federal funding to initiate project construction. The Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA 2022) provided further authorization, including updated project costs and cost-sharing provisions.


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