New York governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to invest $151m to build a mixed-use elevated promenade in Staten Island.
The project will involve the construction of a seven-mile long seawall from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach to prevent coastal flooding. The seawall will be constructed up to 20 feet above sea level.
New wetland habitats and recreational amenities such as a promenade, biking and walking pathways will also be built as part of the project.
The multi-use promenade can support a range of recreational activities, including outdoor concerts, beer and food tastings, cultural festivals, nature walks, seaside carnivals, bike races, marathons and other running competitions, environmental education, and other events and community gatherings.
Construction is expected to commence in 2019 and be concluded by 2022. A final design for the project is expected to be completed in the end of 2018.
"This innovative project takes into account the diverse needs of the affected communities, protecting against future devastating weather events, enhancing access to the shore, creating vibrant, thriving wetlands and bringing peace of mind to those living along the Staten Island coastline," Cuomo said.
Congressman Dan Donovan added: “Thank you to Governor Cuomo for allocating the State’s share to this incredibly important project. With the City and Federal funding already in place, this completes the last piece of the funding puzzle. I look forward to continuing to support the agency work at each level of government as we move forward through design into construction.”