Jetty to be rebuilt
Back in 2016, the Town of Brookhaven submitted for a New York State Consolidated Fund in the amount of $1.3 million with a match of 50 percent to rebuild the Patchogue River east jetty. In support of the project, the Village of Patchogue also committed a total of $100,000.
The reason for the rebuild and request for funding came due to massive deterioration and sinking with a poor jetty base, making navigation often complicated during high storm tides. The funding has since been awarded and, according to Mayor Paul Pontieri, work will begin this December.
He said the new jetty would also have a flashing light/mini lighthouse at the end to improve conditions. The renovations, he added, would ultimately improve long-term navigation and travel and reduce the need for constant dredging.
The east jetty, he explained, provides protection for the river, ensuring the mouth doesn’t fill with sand, creating an impassable route. Since 2006, major storms, including Sandy, have contributed to the filling of the mouth and have broken down the jetty, deeming it ineffective. Pontieri said the sand has filled in so much so that when a ferry is leaving, only one boat can enter or exit at a time.
The federal government maintains the west jetty. However, for unknown reasons, according to the town, the east jetty falls on the responsibility of the town. Often, Romaine said last year, the jetty is completely submerged, causing a huge threat to navigation and public safety.
“We are really looking forward to this project, which the village has taken the lead on,” said councilman Neil Foley. “It will be cleaned up to look nice and bring more protection to that area of Patchogue.”
In 1890, according to the village, the harbor bill of 1890 called for the improvement of the Patchogue River. It was at that time that the 5,000-foot-long, 60-foot-wide and 6-foot-deep channel was created. The jetty, 1,700 feet long, protected this channel, originally to allow small tankers in to transport lumber off Long Island.
Once the project begins, all rocks will be removed and stored for reuse. After the rocks are removed, a concrete base will be built to prevent sinking.
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