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Downtown Montauk Stabilization Project Awarded to H&L Construction

The contract for the Downtown Montauk Stabilization Project has been awarded to H&L Construction, the lowest bidder, which says it will do the work for $8,416,000.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected the firm Friday. The dune stabilization project, which is fully funded by the federal government, is intended to provide shoreline protection for Montauk residents.

“Originally, this project was slated for completion before Memorial Day of 2015 before one delay after another continued to push this project back,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin, of Shirley, who represents the East End. “Since January, my office has worked very closely with the Army Corps of Engineers, the New York State DEC, State Senator Ken Lavalle, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, and the local government led by Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell to ensure that this project remained on course to get completed without any further delay. This project is essential to the East End and I will continue to monitor the progress of this project to make sure it is completed.”

The stabilization project is part of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele added, “The Downtown Montauk Project is essential from both the perspective of public safety and the local economy. I am pleased that this emergency project is moving forward and thank Congressman Zeldin for his efforts to get the bid awarded. Hopefully, this will be a first step toward protecting Montauk. I look forward to additional measures as the larger Fire Island to Montauk project proceeds in the coming months.”

Larry Cantwell, the supervisor of East Hampton Town, said, “The emergency beach stabilization project is a critical first step in protecting downtown Montauk and our local economy short term. The Fire Island to Montauk Point Plan must follow quickly to provide the long term protection necessary for Montauk.”

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