NYC Barretto Point Shoreline Restoration

Bronx, New York

Project Overview

MFS Consulting Engineers & Surveyor, DPC provided professional surveying services in support of the NYC Parks Barretto Point Shoreline Restoration Project in the borough of the Bronx, New York.

Bronx, New York

Project Details

The Baretto Point Park is located along the East River to the west of Barretto Street and to the south of Viele Ave in the borough of the Bronx. Barretto Point Park is a 13-acre City-owned waterfront park along the East River. The project focused on approximately 300 feet of shoreline in the parcel south of the developed park area.

The shoreline was undeveloped with a portion of the shoreline comprised of a fill area behind a steel sheet pile wall. The primary objective of the project was to stabilize the shoreline and prevent further erosion, as well as to restore a natural shoreline habitat.

MFS performed a topographic field survey to the locate the apparent accessible above ground physical features, such as, but not limited to; buildings, curbs, edge of pavement, drives, striping, sidewalks, fences, walls, bulkhead, utility/ light poles, signs, street trees, tree size (4 inches or greater at breast height), tree lines. Cross sections of paved surfaces were surveyed at a minimum of 50’ intervals and at low/high points. Spot elevations were obtained at a spacing sufficient to develop contours at an interval of one foot. Break line features such as top/ bottom of curb, edge of pavement, top/ bottom of slopes/swales/banks/walls, etc. were located.

At waterways the surveys extended to the edge of water at low tide. MFS performed a boundary survey that included property lines, pierhead and bulkhead lines, easements, and MHW, MLW, MHHW, MLLW lines.

MFS conducted a utility survey of accessible surface utilities and surface hardware within the project limits. These utilities included manholes, catch basins, trench drains, valve covers, utility/ light poles, hydrants, conduit, wires, and other similar
items. MFS located any apparent utility mark-outs visible at the time of the field survey that were marked out by others.

For storm drains and sanitary sewers, MFS attempted to obtain measurements to determine inverts and pipe sizes at accessible manholes and catch basins. MFS surveyed any apparent sewers within the survey limits and locate any apparent and accessible outfalls along the shoreline within the survey limits. Subsurface utilities lines, including water, gas, electric, and communication, were depicted based on surface features and available utility mapping. Depiction of subsurface utilities lines
were based on the location of surface hardware structures, record documents and any mark-out recovered.

MFS utilized a subconsultant to perform the bathymetric scope for the project. The bathymetric survey was performed with multibeam sonar. The bathymetric survey was prepared such that contours at a one-foot interval of the waterway bottom were provided. All bathymetric data was incorporated into the survey base map that was part of the final deliverable. The bathymetric survey was coordinated with MFS’s land side survey and was integrated into the base plan in the same coordinate system and elevation datum.


  • Owner:
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks)

Services Provided

  • MFS provides land surveying services throughout the tri-state area, specializing in site surveying, boundary surveys, topographical surveys, and utility surveys. One of the top surveying companies in NJ, we have extensive experience in real estate, infrastructure, utility, transportation and more.