NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Construction crews have been working overtime to get the Sandy-damaged Hudson River Park ready in time for summer.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, bikers, joggers and others out enjoying the sun on Tuesday had to navigate around chain-link fences set up to block off the construction areas.
Hudson River Park Trust CEO Madelyn Wils said three piers were heavily damaged and the electrical system was knocked out completely when Sandy flooded the park on Oct. 29. All of the street lights lost power.
“It was very interesting that night to see trees sticking up from the water,” Wils told Diamond. “We had four-to-six feet everywhere. Most of the damage that was done is to the mechanical and electrical systems.”
As Diamond reported, with the new FEMA flood maps, repairs are now double the initial estimate of $10 million.