Maurice Makeover
by Daniel Bush
Jan 14, 2009 | 1285 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Some of Maspeth's flooding problems might be over, but not anytime soon.

A major water main reconstruction project is slated for two avenues in the area, according to a report released by the city Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The project will begin this month and is scheduled to be finished in December. The report did not specify an exact end date. The DDC was unavailable for comment.

The work will take place at two separate locations.

One of the sites, a section of 54th Avenue between Maurice Avenue and 58th Street, will receive a complete overhaul.

This month work is set to begin on the installation of a new 24-inch sewer that will be part of an improved water main system. The 54th Avenue roadway and its sidewalks will also rebuilt, and dozens of new catch basins will be installed to control water flow. The DDC report said the project is intended to improve water service in the area.

At the second site on Maurice Avenue between 54th and 56th avenues, the DDC is installing a new concrete sewer box that will store excess water runoff following heavy rains.

The new sewer should reduce the flooding on Maurice Avenue that usually follows heavy rainstorms, said Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5.

"Whenever there has been heavy rain Maurice Avenue has been flooded pretty bad in that area. It can be a bit of a lake over there," said Giordano. "Hopefully this will be a big plus for the residents who live in that area of Maspeth."

In its report, the DDC said residents should expect a variety of inconveniences until the project is finished.

Street-level construction on 54th Avenue will be carried out from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while, according to Giordano, sewer construction on Maurice Avenue is schedule to take place at night. To facilitate construction work, DDC said it would have to impose street closings, traffic lane changes and delays, as well as possible parking restrictions.

In addition, while the water mains are replaced, existing water service will be cut during the course of construction. The report said residents would receive advance notice about any water service interruptions.

The DDC report encouraged residents to contact the project's Community Construction Liaison, Marie Antoinette Nader, if they have special needs that conflict with the construction or to report any property damage resulting from construction. Nader can be reached at (718) 416-3537.

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