Port Washington to discuss safety of breakwater

CREATED Nov 14, 2013

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PORT WASHINGTON - When you think of Port Washington, you think of the breakwall. It's an iconic part of the city's shoreline.

But the breakwall is aging, and now the city wants to hear your concerns about fixing it.

After nearly 80 years, the cracks are growing. The Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the structure, took notice. Crews inspected the seven sections of the breakwall and found only two of them were in good condition. It gets worse the farther out you walk.

The last three sections are listed as “failed”. Engineers noted the next big storm has the potential to wash it away.

"If in fact, you do have that failure,” Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada said. “The Corps, in that report, clearly indicated [if] we're on the verge of that kind of imminent type of failure, it could be catastrophic."

In the meantime, plans are in the works to improve safety on the breakwall for the time being, including adding life rings and ladders in case of emergencies.

You can share your thoughts on the breakwater in a public meeting Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Port Washington City Hall.