In the Two Bridges neighborhood, the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will install a combination of flood walls and deployable flip-up barriers to protect the neighborhood from a 100-year storm surge in the 2050s, while also maintaining access and visibility to the waterfront. New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is leading design for the project, which will extend along the waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to Montgomery Street. EDC will complete design in Spring 2021 and DDC is due to start construction in late 2021.
This project will reduce flooding risk – from both sea level rise and storm surge – for thousands of residents, including many living in affordable housing, while continuing to preserve views and access to the waterfront. These deployable barriers will be permanent infrastructure, hidden until they are flipped up in the event of a storm. The location of the flood walls and posts has been designed to minimize conflict with subsurface infrastructure and to maximize integration of public space amenities such as open-air seating, fitness equipment, and athletic courts.
Please join us for an informational webinar on December 16th, 2020 at 6pm – provided in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Fujianese) – to learn more about the project. The team will answer your questions following the presentation with live interpretation available in Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Fujianese). Register for the webinar. If you cannot attend the webinar, it will be recorded and posted here.
As part of the design process, we have worked closely with the community for over four years to understand your vision for a safe waterfront, including presenting at dozens of meetings at Community Board 3 and at individual buildings along the waterfront in the project area. The design team has worked carefully to integrate community feedback wherever possible, despite numerous limitations such as the overhead FDR and significant subsurface sewer, water, and other utility infrastructure.
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