Southampton - (WALK) Local, state and federal officials are cooperating on a proposal to elevated frequently-flooded Dune Road in Southampton and to protect Shinnecock Bay and nearby properties from ocean wash-over.
A bi-partisan group, led by Congressman Timothy Bishop (D-Southampton) and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to implement a plan to elevate a portion of Dune Road about 20 inclues between the Ponquogue Bridge and Quogue Village.
The cost of the project is estimated at about $8 million and would be picked up by Washington as part of the federal response to preparing for storm damage. The review and approval process could be completed in a few months, according to Bishop.
The plan is supported by Southampton officials and State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) as a means of preventing damage to homes, preserving wetlands, and limiting potential damage to eastern Long Island's shellfishing industry caused by changes in water-salinity.