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Large Box Sewers Installed in Southeast Queens as Part of $1.9 Billion Program to Reduce Flooding

DEP: Ted Timbers,
DDC: Shoshana Khan,

(Brookville, NY - November 26, 2019) The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza joined with the NYC Department of Design and Construction’s (DDC) Deputy Commissioner for Infrastructure Eric McFarlane and Council Member Donovan Richards’ office on Monday to review progress on an $84 million infrastructure project that is upgrading drainage and street conditions in Brookville, Queens.


(left to right) Council Member Donovan Richards Community Liaison Tiffany Eason, DDC Deputy Commissioner for Infrastructure Eric McFarlane, DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza, DDC Assistant Commissioner for Infrastructure Donald Granger, DDC Director of Infrastructure Leslie Devilme and Resident Engineer Muhammad Amray joined to celebrate the progress of the $84 million infrastructure upgrade in Brookville, Queens


The project includes the installation of 9-foot by 5-foot storm box sewers to help alleviate roadway flooding. Thus far, 147 of 201 sections of box sewer for this project have been installed. When completed, this large box sewer will form one of the major spines for Mayor de Blasio’s $1.9 billion buildout of the drainage system throughout southeast Queens. The project, which is funded by DEP and managed by DDC, is anticipated to be completed in summer 2021.

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