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 to the waterfront. NYCEDC is currently leading final design for the $203 million investment and DDC will start construction in 2021.
This project will protect thousands of residents, including many living in affordable housing, while continuing to preserve views and access to the waterfront. These deployables will be permanent infrastructure, hidden until they are flipped up in event of a storm. The location of the flood walls and posts was determined to minimize conflict with subsurface infrastructure and to maximize integration with existing waterfront uses such as open-air seating, fitness, and athletic courts.