The city announced that it is set to begin a $25 million infrastructure upgrade that will significantly increase sewer capacity and thereby better manage stormwater and reduce flooding in Elmhurst, Maspeth and Middle Village.
The existing sewers located under Calamus Avenue and 69th Street serve as major conduits in the area's drainage network, and both will receive significant capacity upgrades to ensure the proper drainage of stormwater from the streets to help eliminate sewer backups.
“This is great news, especially to the many local residents who have endured years of damage from repeated flooding after ordinary rainstorms,” said Assemblywoman Margaret Markey. “We all look forward to the completion of this long-awaited improvement that will alleviate the hardships that have been caused by the current inadequate sewer system.”
While the roadway is opened to add the sewer capacity, the city will also replace the area’s water mains to ensure residents and businesses continue to enjoy a reliable supply of high quality water.
In early April, contractors will establish a field office in the community and begin mobilizing for the project. Construction will begin later this spring and the work is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016.
“In the weeks to come, we will assign a full-time Community Construction Liaison to keep residents and business owners informed about the work we’ll be doing,” said David Resnick, acting commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction.