Emergency Funds Secured for Newport Seawall Restoration

Fri January 30, 2009 - Northeast Edition

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has successfully assisted the city of Newport in obtaining $431,600 in Federal emergency funding to repair seawalls along Ocean Avenue that were heavily damaged by a strong nor’easter in April 2007.

The coastal flooding from this storm severely eroded 800 linear ft. (244 m) of seawalls east of Brenton Point State Park. The road provides an east-west connection across the southern end of the city and is a major tourist attraction with its rocky coastline and dramatic ocean views.

The emergency funding is part of a nationwide $679 million disbursement from the U.S. Department of Transportation for damage caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“The department is pleased to develop an application with the city for emergency funding,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said.

The city will oversee the reconstruction of the seawall and RIDOT will work in conjunction with Newport in the issuance of bid specifications for the project.

“We thank our partners at RIDOT for their assistance in obtaining this funding to repair a vital piece of the city’s infrastructure,” City Manager Edward Lavallee said. “These repairs will ensure the long term preservation of Ocean Avenue.”