In the Two Bridges neighborhood, the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will install a combination of flood walls and deployable flip-up barriers to protect the neighborhood from a 100-year storm surge in the 2050s, while also maintaining access and visibility to the waterfront. New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) led the design for the project, which will extend along the waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to Montgomery Street. EDC completed design in fall of 2021 and DDC is now managing the construction of BMCR.
This project will reduce flooding risk – from both sea level rise and storm surge – for thousands of residents, while continuing to preserve views and access to the waterfront. These deployable barriers will be permanent infrastructure, hidden until they are flipped up in the event of a storm. The location of the flood walls and posts has been designed to minimize conflict with subsurface infrastructure and to maximize integration of public space amenities such as open-air seating, fitness equipment, and athletic courts.
Learn more about the NYCEDC design phase: NYCEDC LMCR