(South Beach, NY – August 25, 2021) The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced today that two projects totaling $102.5 million to upgrade infrastructure and alleviate flooding in the South Beach neighborhood of Staten Island have been completed. The project, which received funding from DEP was managed by DDC.
“More than three miles of new storm sewers and 200 new catch basins will go a long way towards improving drainage for the South Beach neighborhood,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “This $102.5 million investment is a down payment on improving the quality of life for residents and businesses in the area.”
“Many residents and business owners in South Beach have long dealt with flooding and corroded infrastructure after Hurricane Sandy and they’ll now experience much relief when it rains,” said DDC Commissioner Jamie Torres-Springer. “We partner with DEP to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses throughout Staten Island by improving drainage, increasing the reliability of the water supply system and repaving roadways.”
“These two very important East Shore infrastructure projects have been a fight to get done since I was in the City Council serving the Mid-Island district,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. “The Bloomberg Administration at the time had tried to move the funding for these projects into the 2022-2025 fiscal years, but that would mean significant delays, totaling decades until completion. We were able, however, to convince the Administration to right this wrong and allocate the funding immediately by pleading to then-Deputy Mayor Cas Halloway to move these projects forward. Although these projects were still delayed, South Beach residents can finally let go of years of frustrations and know that there is some relief with these new sewer systems. I want to thank DEP and DDC for working together to provide a better, more efficient infrastructure for these neighborhoods. While this is a great victory, there is still a lot of work to do regarding infrastructure on Staten Island.”
“With these two major infrastructure projects completed, South Beach residents no longer have to worry about their streets turning into rivers and creeks when it rains, or their homes and property being underwater,” said Council Member Steven Matteo. “The upgraded sewer system, along with dozens of new catch basins and newly resurfaced streets and sidewalks will greatly improve the quality of life in this community, and I am pleased to have worked with DDC and DEP to help this come to fruition.”
“For far too long, outdated and inefficient infrastructure caused flooding and various other problems for the residents of South Beach,” said Assembly Member Michael Tannousis. “I'm hopeful that these two completed projects will prove crucial for alleviating flooding, ensuring safe and functional roadways, and improve infrastructure for our community. These improvements were long overdue and will improve the quality of life for our residents.”
“I'm thrilled to see the conclusion of this vital project. We have seen, even before Superstorm Sandy, the lack of infrastructure in the community,” said State Senator Diane J. Savino. “The completion of this necessary work will ensure relief for Staten Islanders and bring us a better quality of life.”
“These infrastructure and sewer improvements will address flooding and enhance the quality of life for South Beach residents and businesses,” said State Senator Andrew J. Lanza. “I would like to thank DEP Commissioner Sapienza and DDC Commissioner Torres-Springer and the numerous workers for their dedication and hard work to bring these projects to fruition.”
“It’s a relief for the South Beach community that construction has been completed on infrastructure projects that will alleviate flooding and improve drainage in the area” said Congress Member Nicole Malliotakis. “This neighborhood was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy and the relief from heavy rains, storms and floods couldn’t come soon enough.”
The larger of the two projects cost $80.3 million project and spans 61 individual blocks. Nearly five miles (25,430 feet) of century-old cast iron water mains were replaced with 8-inch diameter pipes made of concrete-lined ductile iron, which is more resilient and less prone to breakage than cast iron. Fire protection was enhanced with the replacement of 64 fire hydrants and installation of 21 new ones.
To alleviate flooding, 1,300 feet of storm sewers were replaced and more than three miles (15,400 feet) of new storm sewers were added to the neighborhood, ranging from 12 inches in diameter all the way up to rectangular sewers that are 8.5-feet wide by 4-feet high. Forty-three catch basins were replaced and 200 catch basins were newly installed to better capture stormwater and direct it to the new storm sewers. Sixteen new underground chambers were installed to increase access to maintain the sewers.
Nearly 3,270 feet of new 10-inch sanitary sewer was installed and over three miles (16,580 feet) of sanitary sewers ranging from 8 to 15 inches in diameter were replaced with pipes ranging from 10 to 18 inches in diameter.
As part of the final street restoration, 101,390 square yards of roadway, 64,410 square feet of sidewalk and 18,240 feet of curbs were restored. One call box to contact the FDNY and NYPD was replaced. Fifty-five pedestrian ramps were replaced to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Construction began in November 2016 and was completed in October 2020.
The second project in South Beach is a $22.2 million project which replaced corroded infrastructure on Father Capodanno Boulevard after the area was submerged under 10 feet of water during Hurricane Sandy.
More than one mile (7,930 feet) of water mains were replaced with new pipes ranging from 6 to 20 inches in diameter and 105 feet of 12-inch water mains were added to the neighborhood. To ensure the FDNY has ready access to the City’s water supply during emergencies, 31 new fire hydrants were installed and 23 old ones were replaced. Throughout the project area, 44 catch basins were replaced and 35 catch basins were newly installed. Access to the water mains and sewers were improved with the installation of 10 new manholes and replacement of four manholes.
As part of the final street restoration, 32,000 square yards of roadway and 55,060 square feet of sidewalk was reconstructed, and 18,675 feet of curbs were upgraded to seven-inch steel faced curbs. Fifty-four trees were planted and 14 trees were removed, resulting in a gain of 40 trees overall. Pedestrian safety was enhanced with the replacement of 42 streetlights, 15 traffic lights and a NYPD/FDNY call box. Eight new reinforced concrete bus pads were also installed and 25 pedestrian ramps were replaced to meet the requirements of the ADA. Construction began in November 2018 and was completed in October 2020.
Roadway rehabilitation and reconstruction work is partially funded by the Federal Highway Administration for disaster recovery, with additional funds coming from the City for water main and sewer infrastructure work.
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