Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the groundbreaking of a new project to improve flood resiliency at Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park in Monroe County.
The $2.67 million project, which is part of the Governor’s Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, will repair damage from flooding in 2017 and 2019, and raise the boat launch, docks and parking lot.
In addition to elevating the parking area and boat launch, the project will consist of additional transient docks, a playground, an American with Disabilities Act-accessible fishing pier, and a recreational pavilion.
The Town of Irondequoit is also breaking ground on a nearby project to improve storm drainage sewers along Culver Rd., which is the gateway to the Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park and several key businesses. The $500,000 investment is designed to mitigate flooding in the roadway and reduce the potential for a road closure during high water events.
The project will help mitigate the devastating impacts of flooding by modifying the existing storm drains along Culver Rd., installing new check valves and creating permanent connections for temporary water pumps, as necessary. In addition to these measures, the project aims to direct floodwaters away from homes in the area to prevent flooding of residential households.
Irondequoit Bay is about five miles northeast of Rochester and empties into Lake Ontario. The 44-acre Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park is on the northwest shoreline adjacent to Culver Road and Sea Breeze Drive. During the last decade, there have been more than 400,000 visitors to the park, which is operated and maintained by the town of Irondequoit.