From the Daily News:
The 90-year-old concrete and steel pilings that once held the Rockaway Boardwalk survived Hurricane Sandy only to be done in by decades of salt.
The new boardwalk that’s going to be built in coming years will have to be supported by new steel pilings, officials said Wednesday.
Tests show the existing pilings are saturated with salt and would likely need pricey maintenance or repairs within the next 20 to 40 years, said Greg Clancy of the city’s Economic Development Corp.
“It would be bad practice to build a new several-hundred-million-dollar boardwalk and know it’s only going to last 20 or 40 years,” he said during a briefing at the office of Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski in Forest Park.
Reusing the pilings would cost anywhere from $30 to $60 million, depending on damage. Building new steel, epoxy-covered pilings will cost between $35 to $45 million.
Parks officials are hoping they can just build on top of the old piles. Removing them would be a costly and time-consuming process.