At last week’s Community Board 5 meeting, Department of Design and Construction (DDC) representative Jeff Margolies said physical work will begin the week of October 29.
Construction crews will begin bringing their equipment to the area prior to the start date.
“This project is to alleviate the flooding of the neighborhood,” Margolies said. “It’s necessary, it will help the neighborhood in the long run.”
The city began the $22 million project in mid-2016, and it was supposed to be done by spring 2018. But in late 2017, DDC hit a major snag when the contractor, CAC Industries, found lead-contaminated soil at the construction site.
The contractor then dumped the toxic soil one block from PS/IS 128, and left the soil uncovered for months. It was eventually disposed of in New Jersey.
The months-long delay left Middle Village residents with pothole-filled and uneven streets, no sewer and, in some cases, property damage.
An additional $8 million has been added to complete the project. Margolies said the project should be finished by the end of 2019.
The DDC rep said parking will again be impacted, but crews will leave one lane open at all times for emergencies.
They will also have an air monitor in place, and will monitor vibration and noise at all times.
“This is heavy construction, we understand the community’s concerns about that,” he said. “But we’re going to do our best to try to minimize the impact at the same time.”
Margolies added that construction shouldn’t impact Halloween trick-or-treating because the contractors finish up at around 3:30 p.m.
Replacing sewers in Community Board 5 remains a priority. Last Wednesday, the board voted unanimously to have the redesign and reconstruction of sewer systems as the area’s top capital priority.
Reconstructing deteriorated catch basins and creating new ones was the second-highest priority.