The 15.5-mile long road, which provides access to Jones Beach, Robert Moses State Park, other popular recreational sites and residential communities along a stretch of Long Island’s southern shore, sustained unprecedented damage during Hurricane Sandy last month and will cost $35 million to repair, examiner.com reported.

“Step by step our state’s infrastructure is being restored after the catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I thank the individuals from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) who have been working around the clock since Hurricane Sandy to make emergency repairs to the roadway so it could be reopened to motorists as quickly as possible.”

NYSDOT, NYSOPRHP and the Department of Environmental Conservation are working with the Federal Highway Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers to develop a coastal barrier protection roadway repair project to restore Ocean Parkway to its pre-storm condition. This will include replacing the two-mile section of roadway destroyed in the vicinity of Gilgo Beach and restoring protective dunes between the parkway and the ocean.

NYSDOT and NYSOPRHP are also collaborating to design a project to rebuild damaged lanes to the traffic circle in Robert Moses State Park. The preliminary estimated cost of the work to restore Ocean Parkway and the traffic circle is $35 million, and both will be completed by Memorial Day. It is anticipated that the federal government will provide cost sharing for the project, and NYSDOT is working with the Federal Highway Administration and other federal agencies to delineate federal funding eligibility.

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