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Nahant coast is clear for an engineer

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Construction on the seawall along Willow Road in Nahant was the first in a series of projects to fix damage from 2018's storms. (Spenser R. Hasak)

NAHANT — The town is seeking a coastal engineer to continue repair work on areas of the coastline that were damaged during the 2018 storms, including a number of sea walls and revetments, according to Town Administrator Antonio Barletta.

Barletta said many of the projects would be funded with money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Preliminary estimates for the repair work exceeded $3 million, according to Barletta, though he said not all of the funds were coming from FEMA.

The repair projects the town will complete under the request for proposal issued last week are repairs to the revetment at 40 Steps Beach, a portion of the Short Beach dune, a portion of the Doggy Beach dune and seawall, as well as a revetment on Willow Road. Barletta said the town was mandated to issue a request for proposal in order to fund the projects with FEMA dollars.

“As the town prepares for climate change and sea level rise, having a professional coastal engineer on staff is extremely important for our future capital planning,” Barletta said.

The town has previously completed repairs to seawalls at Tudor Beach, Parrot Way, and Fallon Way, Barletta said.

“The town is eager to complete a number of coastal property repair projects that are funded with FEMA funds, and part of FEMA’s standards requires that we procure the coastal engineering services,” he said.

Those interested in submitting a bid for the coastal engineering services can do so via the town’s website.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at [email protected].

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