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200 E. Sunrise Highway
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
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American Venice Bridge Project

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Project Updates

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February 15, 2018: During the week of the February 19th, cofferdam work and work for the temporary roadway will continue. PSEG will begin utility work. Temporary bridge should arrive on site late in the week.

February 9, 2018:
 Earthwork and sub base installation for the temporary bridge approaches have been completed. Steel sheeting is on hand and pipe piles are expected to be delivered shortly. The barge is expected to arrive Sunday. Sheeting piles and pipes are scheduled to be installed next week (Feb. 12th).

January 17, 2018:
 On Friday January 19th the Reconstruction of the American Venice Bridges will begin. The bridge on West Riviera Drive will be reconstructed first. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane and will be controlled by traffic signals. West Lido Boulevard Promenade and West Santa Barbara Road will be closed at West Riviera Drive. Detours will be established for these closed intersections. It is estimated that reconstruction will be completed by the fall and two lane traffic restored. The new structure will have wider travel lanes and a 5'6" sidewalk.

January 3, 2018:
 Due to extremely cold temperatures, there will be either no or very limited construction activities this week. The forecast for the following week, January 8th, is expected to moderate and work on tree removal and environmental protection is scheduled. Thank you.

December 2017: American Venice Bridge Project construction activities this week include the completion of temporary traffic signals and installation of temporary detour signs.

November 2017: The project is continuing on schedule. This week, Hinck Electrical will be on-site to complete preparation work and install the wood poles for the temporary traffic signals on West Riviera Drive. Thank you.

October 2017: Please be advised that surveying for the American Venice Bridge Project is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Friday, October 20th. Prepare for workers to be in the area and please be sure to drive carefully.

September 2017: The American Venice Bridge project is proceeding very close to schedule.  We have awarded the construction bid and have received the letter to proceed. The contractor will replace the west bridge first.  Over the next few weeks you will notice survey crews in the neighborhood associated with this project.

April 2017: 
Project remains on schedule. Final design plans received. All permits (Army Corp. still pending) anticipated by end of May 2017. Procurement process for construction contractor to be initiated April 2017; if procurement proceeds as scheduled, a construction contractor would be selected by end of May 2017. Anticipated initiation of construction (mid 2017) remains unchanged from September 2016 update. The Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) has advised the Town of Babylon that despite being one of the largest NY Rising-funded projects, this project is currently closer to implementation than virtually all other NY Rising projects. 

Please note that despite our careful planning and attention to detail, once construction is initiated, the community will be subject to everyday inconveniences for an extended period of time. Thank you in advance for your continued patience and cooperation.

History of American Venice

American Venice was created by real estate developers Victor Pisani and Isaac Meister in 1926. Unique in concept and layout, the American Venice project was designed to emulate the grand City of Canals in Venice, Italy, complete with gondolas and bridges linking the neighborhoods. Despite the modernization of homes in the area, the original East and West bridges remain today.

American Venice Bridge Restoration 

The American Venice Bridges currently possess a load limit of 12.5 tons, which restricts the passage of large construction equipment to the community. Over time, the passage of equipment exceeding the load limit will damage the structure of the bridges. Through grants obtained from the New York State Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program, the Town of Babylon will reconstruct and restore the American Venice Bridges. The bridge reconstruction project would increase the load capacity of the bridges so that during future storms, residents will be able to evacuate and/or receive emergency services more easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

Has there been any previous work conducted on the bridges?
-Yes, the bridges were reinforced during the 1970s to accomodate the construction of the Southwest Sewer District. Maintainence work was also performed in the mid 1980s.

Has this project received approval?
-Yes, the project was included within the Copiague/Amityville community reconstruction plan prepared by a committee of residents and civic leaders. The project was identified by this committee as a "resiliency project" to be funded through New York Rising, a state-sanctioned community recovery program. Being that the bridges are the only means of access to this community, they are considered vital to the community's continued existence.

When will the work be started?
-Work is already underway with survey crews collecting data to be used by LKB Engineering to design the project. It is anticipated that the design phase will be completed in 2016, with construction beginning in 2017.

Will the bridge walkways remain?
-Yes, a sidewalk will be incorporated into the bridges' design.

Will access be disrupted during construction?
-Access to the community will remain throughout the entire project. The engineer has determined during design that access to the community will be maintained by erecting a temporary bridge and signal system. This system will be constructed prior to demolition of the current bridge.

Will the bridge dimensions remain the same?
-The proposed bridge will be approximately 35 feet wide, compared to the current width of 28.5 feet. The height and length of the bridges will remain the same.