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Storm mitigation projects awarded nearly $1 billion

$335 million going to East River Park; $230 million to Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken

June 03, 2014 03:00PM

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From left: Design for Big U project and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

From left: Design for Big U project and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

The federal government will spend nearly $1 billion dollars on structures intended to protect New York and New Jersey from severe storms like Hurricane Sandy.

The planned defenses include earthen levees, a system of water pumps and partially submerged barriers. The lion’s share of the $920-million aid package – about $335 million – will underwrite the first phase of a 10-mile protective barrier on the east side of Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal reported. Architecture firm BIG has incorporated bridges into the East River Park portion of the project to give residents access to the river. BIG has proposed a much larger 10-mile green zone called Big U that would stretch from West 57th Street to the Battery and up to East 42nd Street.

The federal government will also award $230 million for a system to capture excess rainwater and prevent flooding in Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken, according to the Journal. About $60 million will go toward barriers off the south shore of Staten Island.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development chose and financed the projects going forward through a competition called Rebuild by Design. [WSJ]Tom DiChristopher

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