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DDC, DEP Launch Project to Improve Stormwater Drainage and Street Conditions in Rochdale

June 2018

A $62 million infrastructure project that will install new storm sewers, repair local street conditions that result in flooding and upgrade the area’s water mains has begun in Rochdale, Queens. The project, scheduled to be completed in summer 2020, is being managed by DDC and funded by DEP.

More than 1,550 feet of new storm sewers will be installed through the project area and an additional 6,600 feet of storm sewers will be replaced with new, larger pipes, some as large as 66 inches in diameter. Up to 11,000 feet of old sanitary sewers will be replaced, in many locations with larger sanitary sewers ranging up to 36 inches in diameter. To further improve street drainage, 44 new catch basins will be installed and 87 existing ones will be replaced.


The project will also replace 18,000 feet of old cast iron water mains, some dating back to the 1920s, that were installed by the Jamaica Water Supply Company. Additionally, 16 new fire hydrants will be added to the area and 32 older ones will be replaced with new ones.

The project is part of the City’s $1.9 billion investment to improve flooding and street conditions in southeast Queens. The program, which consists of 45 total infrastructure projects to be completed over the next 10 years, is the largest of its kind in the City.

“Like many parts of southeast Queens, this neighborhood has experienced significant flooding and ponding issues that can linger for days after a heavy rainfall,” said DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio. “We’re very happy to work with our partners at DEP to implement the largest systematic street restoration program in the five boroughs, in southeast Queens.”

Water main replacement work on 132nd Avenue behind August Martin HS (May 2018)
Water main replacement work on 132nd Avenue behind August Martin HS (May 2018)

Local politicians welcomed the work to help their constituents.

“The sewers and water mains in Rochdale will be significantly upgraded thanks to this $62 million investment, which will also help to alleviate flooding and improve roadway drainage,” said Council Member Adrienne Adams. “This project is an example of the quality of life improvements that our community needs. I would like to thank DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio for your leadership on this important infrastructure project and look forward to the relief it will bring residents.”

Examples of ponding in the project area following rain (May 2018)
Examples of ponding in the project area following rain (May 2018)

“Finally we are attacking the problem and I commend the City for doing it,” said State Senator James Sanders Jr. “I've been urging the City for the longest and now we are seeing it happen.”

To manage the needs of residents during construction, DDC has a full-time Community Construction Liaison (CCL) assigned to the project. CCL Phillip Stafford keeps the neighborhood apprised of construction progress, coordinates street closures and utility shutoffs and can arrange special requests such as deliveries to local homes and businesses. Mr. Stafford works on-site and is directly accessible to the public at 646-374-7364 or by email at

The contractor for the project is Northeast Remsco Construction. Construction management services are by Tectonic Engineering.