Nassau County residents – especially those in Bayville and Mill Neck – celebrated this week as County Executive Ed Mangano commemorated the reopening of West Shore Road, months ahead of schedule and in time for the summer season.
The road had become impassable after super-storm Sandy, and the Bayville Bridge inoperable. An Emergency Order by County Executive Mangano got the estimated 18-month long job of rebuilding the seawall and refurbishing the lanes, mostly complete in 8 months.
“We have undoubtedly taken major steps in the journey to move Nassau forward and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy,” Mangano said. “We met our goal of fixing the road in time for the local businesses to benefit from the summer season and the influx of visitors which come here in the warmer weather.”
The $9.2 million project is expected to help residents and tourists ease into summer travel.
The road, located a half-mile south of Bayville Bridge, had excessive damage and lost a major portion of the roadway and 450 feet of seawall that had to be replaced. The Bay Bridge’s electrical system was dismantled. The bridge was fully refurbished in April, also ahead of time.
Mangano was joined at Monday’s announcement by Bayville Mayor Doug Watson, Bayville Chamber of Commerce President Vinny Moscata, as well as Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias, who was recognized for her leadership during the construction stages.
Mangano said that while the road is open as of today, there will be periodic lane closures for additional work to be completed. All of this work will be done by the scheduled date of July 4th weekend and will not be nearly as disruptive.
The remainder of the construction includes placing cement between guardrails and walls, paving and various other finishing details. The road will not be closed on weekends, and the roadwork will begin the week of June 10th.
The second phase of construction is due to begin in December of this year, and will base primarily on the southern portion of Cleft Road. The work is not expected to interrupt traffic.
The West Shore Road project was also recognized by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers as Project of the Year. Engineer of the Year was awarded to Donna Boyle, project manager for the county.