NYC to Upgrade Drainage System to Reduce Flooding

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Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 10:05 pm | Updated: 3:04 pm, Wed Jun 22, 2016.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- New York City Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts and Design and Construction Commissioner Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora announced that work is underway on a $9.3 million upgrade of the water and sewer infrastructure in the Glen Oaks neighborhood of Queens. The work will include the installation of nearly one mile of new storm sewers and 58 catch basins to drain stormwater from the roadways and mitigate the chronic flooding conditions that can occur during heavy rain.

In addition, more than a mile of 60-year-old water pipes will be replaced with new ductile iron mains to improve water distribution and fire protection within the area. DEP is funding the project and DDC is managing the construction, which is expected to be completed in early 2018.

"The hills and valleys of the Glen Oaks neighborhood presented a rather unique engineering challenge and our team has developed a drainage plan that we are confident will help to better manage stormwater, reduce flooding and make the roadways safer for everyone," said DEP Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts. "We are excited that shovels are in the ground and look forward to working with our partners at DDC to bring some relief to area residents."

The Glen Oaks neighborhood does not have a traditional storm sewer system and this project will include the construction of 4,579 linear feet of storm sewers. In addition, 1,377'of sanitary sewers will be rehabilitated and 6,000' of 8" and 12" water mains will be replaced with new pipes and 21 new fire hydrants will be installed.

SOURCE: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

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