September 24, 2021
5,000 feet of new water pipes; 2,800 feet of new storm sewers; 44,000 feet of new or rebuilt sidewalks to make the neighborhood more resilient than ever
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) today announced the completion of a 17.3 million dollars two months ahead of schedule to improve street conditions, mitigate flooding and upgrade infrastructure in Rosedale, Queens.
The redeveloped roads, sidewalks and curbs throughout the project area are designed to guide stormwater to the newly installed storm sewers
The project is part of a $ 2.2 billion investment by the Blasio administration to build a complete drainage system, improve street conditions and alleviate flooding in South East Queens. The program, the largest of its kind, comprises 43 projects in total, of which 16 are largely completed, five under construction and 11 under design.
“As extreme weather events become more frequent, investments in infrastructure in our roads and sewers only become more critical,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Completion of this project will not only improve the conditions of the streets of Rosedale and mitigate flooding, but will also ensure safer and more resilient streets for years to come.
“This investment of $ 17.3 million to install new storm sewers and catch basins in Rosedale fulfills the Blasio administration’s commitment to modernize and improve drainage infrastructure in South East Queens.” , said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “I would like to thank our partners at DDC and DOT for their impressive work on this project, having completed it approximately two months ahead of schedule and just in time for hurricane season.”
“Extreme weather events underscore the importance of infrastructure projects like this, and these infrastructure upgrades represent a significant investment in South East Queens,” said DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman. “We are committed to continuing to work with our fellow city agencies to keep our roads in good condition and protected from flooding. “
“This important component of Blasio’s administration initiative for South East Queens was completed about two months ahead of schedule, installing new streets and storm sewers that will help tackle the flood-induced flooding. climate change, “said DDC Commissioner Jamie Torres-Springer. “With DEP and DOT, we continue to implement major infrastructure investments in South East Queens.”
Prior to construction, stormwater would accumulate on Hook Creek Boulevard between 256th Street and 257th Street for days (left). Since new streets and storm sewers were installed, the same location has remained clear (right).
Work at Rosedale took place on 10 individual blocks. More than a mile (5,500 feet) of water pipes, some of which were installed before World War II, have been replaced with new pipes with a diameter of eight to 12 inches. Fire protection was reinforced with the replacement of 15 hydrants and the installation of four new hydrants. Two hydrants were placed in front of each fire hydrant to protect them from potential damage to vehicles.
A total of 2,780 feet of new storm sewers have been added to the wards, varying in size from 15 inches in diameter to three feet by five feet. In order to better capture stormwater and direct it to the new storm sewers, 35 new sumps were installed and nine existing ones were replaced. Almost 300 feet of new 10-inch sanitary sewers were installed and 400 feet of sanitary sewers were replaced with pipes ranging from 10 to 12 inches. Two new underground sewer chambers are helping the neighborhood’s new infrastructure operate at peak performance.
As part of the final street restoration, 17,570 square meters of new asphalt was laid on a new concrete base and 43,775 square feet of sidewalk and 8,775 feet of curbs were added or rebuilt. Across the project area, 27 old trees were felled but 57 new trees were planted, resulting in a net gain of 30 trees in total.
Compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been improved with the replacement of 39 old pedestrian ramps and the addition of 10 new ADA compliant ramps.
“The work completed in Rosedale is a significant investment in the future of our borough that will go a long way in improving street conditions, alleviating flooding, increasing storm resistance and improving accessibility,” said Borough of Queens Chairman Donovan Richards Jr. “This work underscores the city’s firm commitment to mitigate chronic flooding and meet the important infrastructure needs of our borough. I commend the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Design and Construction for working together so effectively to improve the quality of life for residents of Rosedale.
“Flooding is a persistent problem in Rosedale and other parts of South East Queens and the Rockaways,” said State Senator James Sanders Jr. “I am happy that the city is taking this seriously and making progress in helping homeowners and businesses that suffer constant damage from rising waters, however, there is still a long way to go and I would like this administration continues its efforts to help all neighborhoods that are experiencing this problem.
“For as long as I can remember, South East Queens has had problems with flooding and rising groundwater. It is therefore important that City agencies such as DEP and SDC undertake projects like this which would help to solve the problem in our neighborhoods, ”said Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman. “While this is a big step in the right direction, there is still a long way to go to ensure that our neighborhoods, including the homeowners and businesses that constantly have to deal with flood damage, are well taken care of. I am grateful for the continued work and dedication of DEP and DDC staff who are committed to modernizing and improving drainage infrastructure in South East Queens.
“As recent record storms resulting from climate change occur more frequently, the time to prepare is now,” said Board Member Selvena N. Brooks-Powers. “This essential project is exactly what Rosedale needs to prevent the chronic flooding that regularly affects our community. By investing in resilient infrastructure, increasing the capacity of our catchments and storm sewers, we can ensure safer streets in South East Queens. “