2008-10-24 / Top Stories

Contractor Leaves Mott Creek Roads Unfinished

By Miriam Rosenberg

The roadwork on Seagirt Avenue between Beach 4 and Beach 2 Streets, and on Beach 3 Street remains unfinished since May of this year. The roadwork on Seagirt Avenue between Beach 4 and Beach 2 Streets, and on Beach 3 Street remains unfinished since May of this year. A contractor has been fined and issued three summonses after an inspection by the Department of Environmental Protection found that roads in the Mott Creek area of Far Rockaway, which the contractor was mandated to repair, were left unfinished following being torn up to install new sewers.

"The DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] issued the contractor three summonses on October 3 for failure to put asphalt [on the road] properly," said a Department of Transportation (DOT) representative last week. "Within the next two weeks [the asphalt] has to be filled in."

In April, according to residents, emergency work was done on the sewer system on Seagirt Avenue from Beach 4 Street east to Beach 2 Street and on Beach 3 Street as a result of increased development.

Fran Tuccio and Tracy Conroy of the Friends of Mott Creek recently spoke with The Wave about the problem.

"Sewers backed into several homes," said Conroy. "[When they dug up the streets] the gas lines were on top of the sewer lines."

This steep hole on Seagirt Avenue is along the route of the neglected road. Residents call the unfinished roads a safety hazard. This steep hole on Seagirt Avenue is along the route of the neglected road. Residents call the unfinished roads a safety hazard. To remedy the situation, the residents explained, new gas lines were installed under the sidewalk and new sewer lines were then placed under the street.

"Within two weeks the gas company came and ripped up the sidewalks without telling anyone," continued Conroy. "They came back and did the sewers and left it all the way down ripped up."

According to Tuccio and Conroy, despite complains to the DEP and the DOT, the streets have not been fixed.

"In May, before I went away on vacation, we were told that in six weeks they would be coming back to finish the job," said Tuccio. "It [the temporary asphalt] needs to settle before coming back to pave the whole area."

The residents believe the unfinished road is a safety hazard. "Everyone bottoms out their car," said Conroy.

According to the residents, DOT and DEP were fighting over whose jurisdiction it was to fix the streets. The DEP did not return The Wave's call by press time.

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