A total of $3.4 million was allocated from federal Sandy aid funds to reimburse the MTA for 90 percent of the cost to repair the Gil Hodges-Marine Parkway Bridge for damage that occurred during Hurricane Sandy, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced Tuesday.
The reimbursements include $1,519,087 for repair of scour and erosion damage for the storm surge; $161,144.20 to repair switchgears, which were flooded with saltwater; $600,914 for the repair or replacement of electrical parts related to the navigation and security lights that were submerged under saltwater; and $44,498.00 for the replacement or repair of spare parts such as cables, lights, gear wheels and motors that were damaged.
Some of the funds also went to improvements to make the bridge more resistant to future storms. Those include $1,193,568 to add an additional layer of rip rap, rocks used to prevent erosion; $21,535 to fund “dry flooding” techniques including the installation of a flood-proof door and $172,789.70 to elevate lights to flood-safe levels.