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Living Breakwaters Construction Updates

Living Breakwaters Construction Updates

Living Breakwaters Construction Update - December 2021



As the holidays are approaching, the contractor is on track to finish the base layers of Breakwater ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, and ‘D’ by the end of this year. Placement of these four breakwaters’ marine mattresses have been completed. Currently, the heavy geotextiles layers on Breakwater ‘C’ and ‘D’ are being installed. Early next year, the contractor will start placing stones on top of the base layer of Breakwater A. You will begin to see the emergent portion of this breakwater next spring! The production of stone at Carver Quarry and casting of Precast Ecological Concrete units at New Jersey Precast Plant are also ongoing.

Moreover, the contractor maybe working on some Saturdays from now until the end of the year to make up for the shorter holiday work weeks. Please check back on this page for the latest information on when those dates will be.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021



Living Breakwaters construction timeline


The breakwaters will be constructed from the southwest to the northeast (see plan below) between the summer/fall of 2021 and the end of 2024. The shoreline restoration component will be constructed in the final season of construction (2024).

Project Timeline Details


Start Date: Summer 2015
Completion Date: Fall 2019


Start Date: Winter 2019
Completion Date: Winter 2020


Start Date: August 2021
Projected Completion Date: Fall 2024


Total Funding: $107,000,000


  • HUD Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery $60,000,000
  • New York State - $47,000,000

Includes Funding for:

  • Design/Permitting/Planning
  • Construction and Administration
  • Social Resiliency Programming



Breakwater construction will generally proceed from the southwest, where the first breakwater will be installed, to the northeast. Partially constructed breakwaters may or may not be visible above water. Construction barges will be moored in the vicinity of the construction zone and will be marked with lights on four corners. Anchors will also be marked with lighted buoys. During work hours, divers will be present in the water. Mariners and recreational craft should avoid this area and keep their closest point of approach at least 0.5 nautical miles (3,308 feet) from buoys, lighted posts, and barges. Please refer to the Local Notice to Mariners for more information.

Living Breakwaters Project Area


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Project liaison: Scott Narod
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Tottenville, Staten Island
Shoreline between Brighton Street End and Page Avenue

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