Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) Projects
- Bay Park Roadside Improvements Project
- Baldwin Shoreline Stabilization Project
- Meadowmere Bridge Reconstruction Project
Roadway Grade Raise and Storm Water Drainage Improvements for East Boulevard, West Boulevard, and North Boulevard Areas located in Bay Park. NY. Part of "Living with the Bay": A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery
Roadway grade raise and stormwater drainage improvements to include:
- Upgrades to existing stormwater drainage infrastructure components (new catch basins, manholes, pipe; new yard drains, and new tidal check valves).
- Grade raise and resurfacing of existing roadways. New concrete curbing and gutters. New Concrete Handicap Ramps for sidewalk areas. Raising and Reconstruction of existing asphalt roadway pavement.
- Restoration of adjacent features within the Town Right-of-Way (Drives, Aprons, Walks, Grass Areas, Sprinklers, etc.)
The improvements will include the raising and resurfacing of West Boulevard, East Boulevard, and a section of North Boulevard that includes a portion at Rhame Avenue. The eastern and western portions of the following side streets are included: Cooke, Dewey, Sampson, Sperry, Evans, Hudson, Fulton, Martin, Court, and East Bayview Streets.
The Project will help mitigate the effects of tidal and stormwater inundation through road raising, roadway re-grading, the installation of new tidal check valves, new bio-retention basins (bio-swales), and new permeable asphalt roadway pavement.
Roadway improvements will include milling and repaving of the roadway surfaces, along with the reconstruction of concrete gutters to improve surface drainage. Areas adjacent to the roadways will be restored.
To mitigate the condition of tidal water entering the stormwater drainage system, a total of seventeen inline check valves will be installed in outfall pipes.
To increase resiliency, two bio-retention basins (bio-swales) will be installed at the ends of West Evans Street and Court Street West. Each basin would be approximately 3,200 square feet in size. The basins are expected to improve the quality of stormwater runoff by allowing the water to percolate through vegetation and then infiltrate into existing groundwater, or nearby waterways. The bio-retention basins will have the added aesthetic benefit of being planted with attractive native species of small trees, shrubs, and grasses that form a natural and shallow "rain garden".
This project will stabilize the shoreline in Baldwin Park in a resilient manner that will prevent future erosion from occurring and prevent sedimentation from entering the waterways of Oakwood Canal and Middle Bay. Shoreline stabilization will be accomplished by replacing the existing deteriorating timber bulkhead with a natural living shoreline, along with new timber and vinyl bulkhead.
The project provides for a pedestrian gravel pathway for public access and will improve park aesthetics. In addition, the project provides an access point to the canal that can be utilized by members of the public who are traveling along the South Shore Blueway Trail in kayaks and canoes.
New Tidal Wetland and Upland Areas will be created by planting new marsh grass, new upland trees, and shrubs.
In response to feedback received from residents at the last community meeting which was held in January, project plans have been amended. A gravel parking area has been eliminated, and the walking path has been moved to the west side of the property. Additionally, the kayak launch has been relocated to the southern end of the site, and more trees and shrubs will be planted in the project area.
The Town of Hempstead is proposing the reconstruction of the Meadowmere Park Bridge which connects Meadowmere Park, Nassau County, to Meadowmere, Queens County.
The Meadowmere Park Footbridge is a critical access point for residents, as there is only one road onto the peninsula of Meadowmere Park. The bridge was damaged by Superstorm Sandy and other recent heavy storms, including Tropical Storm Irene. The Town of Hempstead has completed small repairs of the footbridge, but the bridge requires extensive reconstruction in order to withstand future storm surges and the impacts of sea-level rise. This project would reconstruct and harden the existing wooden footbridge while maintaining the footbridge's character and use for pedestrian access.
Reconstruction and hardening of the footbridge will ensure the continued availability of an important, alternative (second) evacuation route for community residents during and after storm events.