The stretch of Dune Road between Hampton Bays and Quogue is again in trouble this month, after the road was overwashed by the ocean storm surge of Monday’s nor’easter and snowstorm.
The low-lying five-mile stretch of Dune Road from the Quogue Village line to the Shinnecock Inlet has long been plagued by tidal flooding during storms, and since the overwash earlier this week the road has continued to flood during high tides.
At a special meeting today, the Southampton Town Board approved a contract with First Coastal to restore the 500-foot section of Dune Road that overwashed into the bay during Monday’s storm.
The section of road is about 2.5 miles west of the Ponquogue Bridge and 1,500 feet east of Triton Lane.
Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman declared a limited state of emergency in order to expedite the repair, which allows the town to accelerate coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to move sand to rebuild the berm. It also allows the town to request help from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works to bring in heavy equipment.
The town plans to move in six thousand cubic yards of sand from an existing stockpile to create a 500-foot-long, 10 to 15-foot high berm, which would be between 50 and 75 feet wide, a fix that is estimated to cost about $22,500.
“Since the overwash, there has been increased local flooding in low-lying bayside communities,” said Mr. Schneiderman. “We are taking these emergency measures in order to protect Dune Road as well as those local communities. I am impressed with how quickly our staff responded to this emergency with a very complete mitigation plan.”
The town is warning that the road may be flooded and become impassable during high tides, and may be closed temporarily during these periods until the road is repaired.