Residents Say Damage To Shore Road Promenade Is Dangerous
Before Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn shorefront that runs under the Verrazano Bridge provided a smooth stroll and picturesque views. Now, sections of it are just plain dangerous. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
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There used to be a metal fence along the Shore Road promenade, but Hurricane Sandy sent parts of it flying.
Some of it sits in the water with the ducks. Some of it is mangled under rock or strewn along the barricades of the Belt Parkway. And some of it still stands on concrete slabs that were torn from the shoreline and scattered about.
"No fence, nothing," said one resident. "Five places around here. Just quite terrible."
About half a dozen locations along the 2.5 mile stretch were breached when Hurricane Sandy's surge came over the seawall. Metal barricades and temporary fences were put in place to help secure the area, but many have since toppled, leaving the damaged sections exposed.
"That's not safe," said State Senator Marty Golden. "People can die."
Golden is calling on the city, the state and the federal government to act quickly.
"We have to build smartly and we have to build immediately," Golden said. "And we need that money from Washington."
Golden is also asking the Army Corps of Engineers to make repairs right away. Before Hurricane Sandy, the Corps had been working on a multi-million dollar project to fix the seawall and build a jetty because of damage caused by other storms, including Hurricane Irene.
"We haven't even caught up to where we should be from the previous storms, and now this storm has devastated us," Golden said.
Golden estimates it will cost about $100 million to do repair work and to put safety measures in place to help protect against future storms. He's hoping the Hurricane Sandy relief bill will pass and some of the money will be used. In the meantime, people are still using the promenade, trying to navigate through the destruction and hoping sections that are compromised don't cave in.
"It goes about, like, 20-30 feet, like, continuous," said one resident. "You're just jumping around, trying not to sprain your ankle."