Battery Park Resilience Project Breaks Ground

By 2027, the shoreline will be elevated by 5 feet to prevent flooding from future storm surges.

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May 10, 2024, 5:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Rendering of pedestrian promenade in Battery Park City with Statue of Liberty visible in background.

Rendering of South Battery Park City Resilience Project. | Battery Park City Authority / South Battery Park City Resilience Project

New York City broke ground this week on a coastal resilience project that will protect Battery Park and the adjacent area from future storm surges, reports Vanessa Murdock for CBS News.

“The $200 million project will elevate the stretch of shoreline by 5 feet, while ensuring waterfront access for visitors and the boats that ferry them to the Statue of Liberty,” Murdock adds. According to the city’s Chief Climate Officer Rohit T. Aggarwala, the city is reusing materials on site and bringing in other supplies by water, eliminating the equivalent of 2,000 truck trips.

While the new project won’t be ready before this year’s upcoming hurricane season, Aggarwala says “New York is much better prepared than it was 12 years ago when Hurricane Sandy hit.”

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