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Monday, July 28, 2014

City awards $44.2 million boardwalk contract
Council says rebuilding Sandy-damaged structure is ‘vital’ to the city
Christina Daly/Herald
The city awarded a $44.2 million contract to Grace Industries, LLC to rebuild its iconic boardwalk.

Two hundred and ten days — that’s how long it will take to rebuild the city’s boardwalk, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

In what City Council members described as the most important vote they have ever cast, the city awarded a $44.2 million contract to a Plainview-based company to rebuild the 2.2-mile span, with the hope that some sections may be completed in time for the summer, a critical time for the city’s economy.

The council voted unanimously at a special meeting on April 4 to award the contract to Grace Industries LLC, for a project estimated to cost $42 million. A little more than $2 million, Public Works Commissioner Jim LaCarrubba explained, is included in the agreement to cover any unforeseen costs.

The contract stipulates that the project will be completed in 210 days, and officials say that work on some sections, mainly in the center of town, could begin next week. The contract also calls for portions of the boardwalk — including stretches from National to Laurelton boulevards and National to Long Beach Road — to be completed in about 100 days, said Peter Gerbasi, vice president of the LiRo Group, the engineering firm hired by the city to oversee the project.

“Our expectation is for substantial portions of the boardwalk to be built within the first 100 days,” said Gerbasi. “I would expect that you would start to see work … in 30 to 45 days.”

LaCarrubba said that the contract is aimed at keeping the project’s completion date on track, and includes a built-in labor agreement with the city and Nassau County building trade unions and contractors. There is a 12-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week work schedule, and two crews, with a total of approximately 120 workers, are expected to be working on the project at any given time.

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