New funding for Montauk Lighthouse will stabilize the natural environment to support the continued use of the area as a renowned tourism attraction. Photo by Erik Anestad/Creative Commons

A $24 million federal and state plan will replace a stone seawall and fortify nearby shoreline in order to protect the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

The structure sat 300 feet from the coast when it was built in 1796. Today, because of erosion, it is less than 100 feet from the ocean and is increasingly dangerous and less stable for visitors.

The project will enlarge the coastal rock wall, also known as a revetment, which deflects wave energy and protects the bluff. Designs for the project are expected to be completed soon and work is estimated to take 18 months.

Source: Newsday