Nassau County Department of Public Works has issued bids to reconstruct and harden West Shore Road, which was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
The project will begin in October and is the second phase of the ongoing reconstruction of the major road that connects Oyster Bay and Bayville.
The project will run from Cleft Road south to the Long Island Rail Road overpass, and will include installation of new steel sheeting along the water, improved drainage, underground utilities and reconstruction of the roadway, the county said.
A bidder will be selected by the end of March.
West Shore Road reopened 17 months after Hurricane Sandy caused a major portion of the seawall and roadway to collapse. The storm also rendered the Bayville Bridge inoperable after floodwaters destroyed its electrical system, putting it out of service for 15 months.
“The rebuilding of the West Shore Road seawall and roadway is symbolic of Nassau County moving forward and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy,” County Executive Ed Mangano said in a ribbon cutting ceremony back in June to celebrate the reopening of the road.
Bayville-bound drivers were forced to take a detour of up to 20 minutes during the time the road was closed.
In the weeks and months following Sandy, local business owners expressed concern that potential customers would avoid the village because of the extra travel time.
Construction began after the county issued an emergency order to rebuild the road.