Long Wharf Closure for Renovations Begins Monday, September 23

A rendering of the rehabilitated Long Wharf at night. The perimeter fencing will have a tighter pattern of cables so children will not be able to climb through, Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy has said. Courtesy Edmund Hollander, landscape architect Courtesy Edmund Hollander Design

Fencing to close off most of Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf to vehicles and pedestrians will be installed on Monday, September 23 and will remain in place until the $4.32-million project is completed next spring, according to Jenny Lund, the project manager for the engineering firm, P.W. Grosser.

The cyclone fencing and what Ms. Lund called the “mobilization” of equipment and supplies for the work will leave an area still available for limited parking and access to the commercial properties on the south end of the wharf.

The original renovation plan would have blocked off the entire wharf to the public, with a cyclone fence along Bay Street except for a five-foot pedestrian entry to the sidewalk serving the storefronts on the east side of the area.

After business owners complained, the cyclone fence now will be placed north of the grassy traffic island that divides the south end of the wharf into two lanes of traffic. It leaves access to at least 21 and as many as 28 parking spaces, depending on how the cyclone fence is positioned as it approaches the John A. Ward Memorial Windmill during the renovation project.

It also provides an area where delivery trucks can be pulled up to the east curb. Because of the narrow passage between the cyclone fence blocking off the rest of the wharf and the north end of the traffic island, trucks will probably have to make three-point turns to pass through.

All access will still have to be a cut off for one or two days in late September or early October, Mayor Mulcahy has warned, when the contractor grinds up or mills all the asphalt on Long Wharf, including the area where customer parking and delivery access will still be allowed. That will happen on or around September 23, Ms. Lund said last month.

The renovation plan calls for resurfacing the entire facility but only after drainage, utilities and other infrastructural improvements are made. Meanwhile, the surface will be left rough and unpaved, just like what drivers find in the enclosed KeySpan lot that is leased by the village for long-term parking on the west side of the post office.

The mayor has said work should be completed in June if the winter is mild. A harsh winter could delay its reopening significantly, the mayor has said.

The $4.32-million plan calls for new, backfilled steel sheeting around the perimeter of the wharf, extending it 18 inches in length and width; new pavement; an eight-foot-wide tropical hardwood pedestrian boardwalk around the perimeter, with a wider deck area at the north end; edge fencing; benches all around the perimeter; Dark Sky-compliant lighting; and a waste and sediment collection system that will filter runoff before it reaches the bay.

Michael Heller contributed reporting for this story.— Ed.