Gateway National Recreation Area – Shore Road & Battery Harris Trail

Fort Tilden, also known as Fort Tilden Historic District, is a former United States Army installation on the coast of Queens. Fort Tilden now forms part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, and is administered by the National Park Service (NPS). After Superstorm Sandy destroyed the park’s original concrete Shore Road in October 2012, the NPS needed to rebuild Shore Road and widen Range Road without the use of concrete or asphalt. Langan performed full design, permitting, and full-time construction oversight services for the project. Our team helped obtain Coastal Erosion Hazard Area and Tidal Wetlands Adjacent Area permits from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the use of a clamshell roadway for the replacement of Shore Road. The clamshell roadway design consisted of 2 inches of crushed clamshells over 12 inches of a sand silt base material. The substitute of clamshell for the concrete significantly reduced the project carbon footprint and is compatible to the surrounding natural environment even if damaged by coastal storms.