The City of Long Beach is currently in the design and permitting phase of a $12.8 million initiative to construct a uniform bulkhead along Reynolds Channel (North Shore) —the top priority project by the Long Beach Community Reconstruction Program Planning Committee in Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath. The project includes a new bulkhead seaward of the existing bulkheads at a uniform height.
The top of the new bulkhead is currently planned to be constructed at an elevation equal to FEMA’s established Base Flood Elevation to keep floodwaters at bay and reduce shore erosion. The new bulkhead for this project will be along the north shore of the City from the western city limits at Brookline Avenue west to just east of National Boulevard and then from Monroe Boulevard east to the eastern city limits west of Curley Street. (There is a separate ongoing project referred to as “Critical Infrastructure Flood Protection Program” that is also under design and permitting for the bulkhead section between National Boulevard and Monroe Boulevard. This is a separate project but both projects will meet at their respective ends.)
The north shore of Long Beach was severely damaged by flooding from Superstorm Sandy and City officials have continually pointed out how it floods regularly during heavy rainstorms through the canal streets and along the bayfront.
The City selected Tetra Tech with Cameron Engineering to design the North Shore Bulkhead following a request for proposals issued last year. As a member of the project team, Sustainable Long Island will be leading the community input and public information for the project. The City and project team will facilitate public meetings at various design milestones.
On March 8th, 2016, a public open house regarding the North Shore Bulkhead Project took place at the Magnolia Community Center where over 80 community residents, business owners, and local leaders were informed about the project through presentation boards, maps, and by talking with project representatives. Exit surveys and feedback cards were collected from those who attended the open house. For more information, please visit the Long Beach Listens project page.