2006-12-22 / Community

Get Ready For Boulevard Closure, Detours

By Brian Magoolaghan


Starting early next year, Rockaway Beach Boulevard, from the east side of Beach 73 Street to the west side of Beach 67 Street, will be closed. Starting early next year, Rockaway Beach Boulevard, from the east side of Beach 73 Street to the west side of Beach 67 Street, will be closed. Major roadwork is slated to start on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in about a month, making detours and traffic headaches part of the peninsula’s winter forecast.

A six-block section of the boulevard – from the east side of Beach 73 Street to the west side of Beach 67 Street – will be closed starting sometime between January 15 and February 1, according to Gerard “Gerry” Romski, a project executive from Arverne By the Sea (ABTS).

The roadway is being closed so that a 36-inch trunk main and sanitary and storm lines can be installed, Romski said. The roadway is also going to be widened to two lanes in each direction, and will include left hand turning lanes. To make room, the former site of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard will soon be razed. The work will continue through May, and was timed to conclude by the start of the beach season; a later phase will similarly widen the boulevard east of Beach 67 Street to Beach 62 Street.

Gerard Romski from Arverne By the Sea holds plans for the ABTS project and the upcoming roadwork on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Romski stopped by The Wave office this week to detail the plans.Gerard Romski from Arverne By the Sea holds plans for the ABTS project and the upcoming roadwork on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Romski stopped by The Wave office this week to detail the plans. Preliminary traffic detour plans route traffic onto Beach Channel Drive, although Rockaway Freeway will remain as an option and, according to Romski, may be restored to two lanes in each direction.

The new infrastructure, which lies within the area being developed under the Arverne By the Sea project, will connect to the peninsula’s existing system and serve the peninsula as a whole, Romski said. The work is being planned and paid for by ABTS.

Another part of the ABTS plan calls for the construction of Beach Front Road, an eastward extension of Shore Front Parkway. The new road will not line up perfectly with Shore Front Parkway because it’s being offset by a dune preserve on the north side of the boardwalk east of Beach 73 Street. Construction on that new road is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of summer, 2007.

Romski said he’s also working to speed up the construction of retail stores on the north side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 69 and Beach 67 Streets to begin servicing the existing ABTS homes.

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