(Long Island City, NY – July 14, 2020) The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) today announced the completion of a $62 million project that rebuilt infrastructure and streets on approximately 70 blocks in Queens, in the Centreville section of Ozone Park. DDC managed the project for DOT and DEP.
“We invested $62 million to improve the quality of life for the residents and businesses in Ozone Park,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “Upgrading the water delivery and drainage systems will also help to protect personal property and promote the safety of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.”
"The Albert Road project has been decades in the making. While there are still some final touches to be made, these upgrades will greatly improve the quality of life for our neighbors; as well as make our streets safer for both pedestrians and motorists," said Councilman Eric Ulrich. "I would like to thank DDC, DEP and DOT for making such an important investment in our community, and for all their hard work on turning this vision into a reality."
“As a life-long resident of the area in Ozone park, I believe the expansive scope of the Albert Road project will help raise the quality of life for many of my constituents who live in that area,” said State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. “Water service quality will be better, as well as flooding issues which have plagued the area for years. The new streets and sidewalks will benefit the community by making the roads safer for everyone. I want to thank the DOT, DDC, DEP, and all those involved in helping to complete this project.”
“This is a great accomplishment for the residents of Ozone Park, who have been waiting for these critical infrastructure improvements for decades,” Assembly member Stacey Pheffer Amato said. “I want to thank all of my partners in government for helping bring this project home, and the community for having patience and resolve. This investment in our infrastructure is going to make life better for this community for generations to come.”
Commonly referred to as the Albert Road project, work affected the area bounded by Linden Boulevard to the north, Aqueduct Racetrack to the east, North Conduit Avenue to the south and Cross Bay Boulevard to the west.
To make water service more reliable, more than three miles (16,284 feet) of old water mains were replaced and 162 feet of new water mains were installed. More than 14,000 feet of sewers were replaced with new, larger pipes and an additional 2,745 feet of new sewers were installed to alleviate street flooding. To help stormwater reach the new sewers, 129 catch basins were replaced and an additional 72 were added throughout the project area. Fifty-eight new fire hydrants were also installed to enhance fire protection.
Almost four miles (20,875 feet) of streets were reconstructed with new curbs and 303,000 square feet of rebuilt sidewalks. New streets signs and pavement markings were placed, and to ensure ADA accessibility, 182 pedestrian ramps in the project area were upgraded and 20 were added. Eleven new reinforced concrete bus pads were also built to protect street conditions at bus stops in the area.
The project also realigned some unpaved streets near what is now the intersection of Eckford Avenue, Huron Street and Hawtree Street, adding about 1,200 feet of new pavement where none existed before along with adjacent curbs and sidewalks.
The general contractor for the project is Maspeth Supply Co., LLC. Though the project is substantially complete, minor work will continue in scattered parts of the project area as the contractor addresses punch list items. Construction began in fall 2016.
About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $14 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to City projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc.