Congressman Zeldin: Army Corp of Engineers Awards Downtown Montauk Project
Patchogue, NY – Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the Downtown Montauk Project, a key dune stabilization project in the First Congressional District of New York.
On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Army Corps awarded the Montauk project to the lowest bidder, H & L Construction, for $8,416,000.
This project is fully funded by the federal government, and sponsored by the Town of East Hampton. The restoration project will provide vital shoreline protection for Montauk residents.
Congressman Zeldin said, “Originally, this project was slated for completion before Memorial Day of 2015 before one delay after another continued to push this project back. Since January, my office has worked very closely with the Army Corps of Engineers, the New York State DEC, State Senator Ken Lavalle, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, and the local government led by Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell to ensure that this project remained on course to get completed without any further delay. This project is essential to the East End and I will continue to monitor the progress of this project to make sure it is completed.”
Assemblyman Fred Thiele stated, "The Downtown Montauk Project is essential from both the perspective of public safety and the local economy. I am pleased that this emergency project is moving forward and thank Congressman Zeldin for his efforts to get the bid awarded. Hopefully, this will be a first step toward protecting Montauk. I look forward to additional measures as the larger Fire Island to Montauk project proceeds in the coming months."
East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said, "The emergency beach stabilization project is a critical first step in protecting downtown Montauk and our local economy short term. The Fire Island to Montauk Point Plan must follow quickly to provide the long term protection necessary for Montauk."