New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the commencement of construction of a $2m shoreline stabilisation project in Orleans County.

The project is part of the Governor’s Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative and will protect critical roadway in Carlton.

It seeks to address the erosion of the bluff and the existing failed shoreline protection, and to ensure safe passage of residents and visitors to the town of Carlton.

The scope of work on the project involves installation of an onshore riprap revetment system with regraded slope.

To minimise erosion loss and protect the toe of the bluff, the area between the revetment and the slope will be vegetated.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said: “Shoreline communities along Lake Ontario have faced tremendous challenges in recent years because of climate change, and New York State continues to invest in making them more resilient for the future.

“Our top priority is protecting the people who live in these communities, and the shoreline resiliency project on Lakeshore Road in the Town of Carlton will help mitigate flooding, enhance safety and create a sustainable infrastructure.”

The Resiliency & Economic Development Initiative (REDI) has been created by Governor Andrew Cuomo to increase the resilience of shoreline communities to withstand flooding and other natural disasters in the future.

A total of $300m was allotted for shoreline communities that includes $15m for regional dredging, $30m to improve the resiliency of private businesses, and $20m for homeowner assistance.

Cuomo said: “Through the state’s REDI program, we are working with local governments to harden critical infrastructure, to not only rebuild, but build back better, so that shoreline communities are better positioned to withstand flooding and other natural disasters in the future.”


Construction begins on $2m shoreline stabilisation project in Orleans County. Credit: Free-Photos from Pixabay.