May 2, 2019
DDC: Ian Michaels, 718-391-1589, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Brooklyn, NY – May 2, 2019) The New York City Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and NYC Design and Construction (DDC) today announced that progress continues on the $145 million infrastructure upgrade in the Canarsie and East New York neighborhoods of Brooklyn. The massive undertaking will reduce street flooding, improve the health of Fresh Creek and Jamaica Bay, ensure the reliability of the drinking water delivery system and make neighborhood roadways safer for all users
The first phase of work, which is nearing completion, saw the replacement of nearly four miles of water mains, the construction of more than two miles of new, high-level storm sewers and the full rehabilitation of the roadways. This work constitutes the first portion of a three-phase capital project that in total will include the construction of more than seven miles of new, high-level storm sewers to collect stormwater runoff, divert it from the existing combined sewer system and thereby improve the health of Fresh Creek and Jamaica Bay. Work on the second and third phases of this project are now underway. DEP is funding the project and DDC is managing the construction.
“Constructing a separate storm sewer system in Canarsie and East New York will reduce flooding and significantly improve the health of Fresh Creek and Jamaica Bay,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “In addition, once the subsurface construction is complete, we will fully rebuild the roadways to ensure a safe and smooth ride for residents.”
“This is a tremendous investment in the neighborhood by the City and will bring huge improvements to street conditions and to the water quality in Fresh Creek and nearby Jamaica Bay,” said DDC Commissioner Lorraine Grillo. “We look forward to completing this so the residents can enjoy the benefits.”
“Bolstering our stormwater management system in Canarsie and East New York is as critical to the health of our coastline as it is to the quality of life in communities where streets are too often obstructed by storms,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “In the face of climate change, investments like these to modernize our flood infrastructure systems are integral to strengthen our borough’s resiliency. I thank DEP for continuing to advance this important work in Southern Brooklyn.”
“I would like to thank the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the NYC Department of Design and Construction for the crucial work that is being done to provide stormwater management in Canarsie,” said Council Member Alan Maisel. “My district, like other coastal communities, was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy; this project will help ensure the continued viability. This is especially true as we face the future knowing that this will not be the last super storm we will have to endure, considering the impact of climate change and the rising of sea levels. This has been painstaking process for the residents that live and travel within the construction route; however the end result will strengthen our resiliency against future storms.”
During the $56.5 million first phase of construction, which included sections of Conklin Avenue, Flatlands Avenue, Avenue J, and, East 108th Street, as well as several surrounding side streets, more than two miles of high level storm sewers were installed, and .16 miles of sanitary sewers and .2 miles of combined sewers were reconstructed. In addition, nearly four miles of new ductile iron distribution water mains were built to replace the older cast iron pipes, ensuring a reliable supply of high-quality water for decades to come. The 67 newly added catch basins help to drain stormwater from the roadways and the 60 additional fire hydrants will help to ensure that firefighters have ready access to the City’s water supply. All affected roadways were rebuilt, including curbs and sidewalks.
Phases II and III, totaling almost $89 million, are now underway and will build upon the newly installed network of sewer infrastructure. Ongoing work on these segments of the upgrade will see the installation of more than 4.3 miles of new ductile iron distribution water mains and approximately 4.3 miles of high level storm sewers. The plans also call for the construction of 109 catch basins and 68 fire hydrants. Once all the subsurface work is completed, the impacted roadways, curbs and sidewalks will be rebuilt and 129 trees will be planted to help improve air quality and provide shade.