The town of Oak Bluffs has received a $102,000 state grant that will be used for improvements at East Chop Drive, which has been plagued by coastal erosion and drainage problems in recent years.
The money will be used to install a modified gravel wetland system along the road to reduce untreated storm water that discharges into the town harbor. The improvements are also aimed at eliminating a large puddle that often occurs near the East Chop Beach Club after storms.
Cape and Islands Rep. Tim Madden announced the grant this week, which came through the Coastal Pollution Remediation Grant Program. The program is administered by the state energy and environmental affairs office of Coastal Zone Management.
The town is required to provide matching money of $36,335; Oak Bluffs town administrator Michael Dutton said most of this will come from in-kind services and labor.
Similar grants went to the towns of Brewster, Duxbury and Provincetown.