2010-11-26 / Community

Broad Channel Residents See First Signs Of Flooding Help

By Miriam Rosenberg

The on again, off again project to relieve flooding in Broad Channel seems to be on again. The Wave has learned that contractors were recently in the area taking soil samples and measurements for a bulkhead on West 12 Road.

According to Peter Mahon of the West 12th Road Block Association, “After years of inaction, things are finally falling in place.” Mahon’s email says that representatives from the RBA Group, which the Borough President’s office told The Wave was designing the preliminary plans for the project, was on West 12 Road on November 10 “taking measurements from property bulkhead lines to the street to ensure that, when our streets are raised, the appropriate actions are taken to ensure water spillage onto our property is avoided.”

McMahon also said that workers from drilling specialists Warren George, Inc. were “ taking street bore samples on West 11, 12 and 13 Roads to establish soil composition beneath our streets necessary to determine the depth of sheathing to be emplaced for the end of block sea wall construction and the feasibility of the sub street installation of storm water chambers.”

This comes after three postponements, including a 2015 start date for construction. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer finally enlisted the help of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. This led to a West 12 Road press conference this past May when Marshall announced a $24 million allocation that was to be put into this year’s budget to allow construction to begin this summer on West 12 Road. All of this hinged on the city declaring an emergency situation on West 12 Road, which did not happen because, according to Marshall’s representative, “the counsel felt it didn’t meet the emergency threshold.” Despite that, the borough president’s office filed the contract to begin the design phase with the controller’s office at the end of October. RBA is scheduled to turn in their plans early next month.

McMahon’s email echoes that schedule.

“We are still expecting to meet with the city sometime in December in order to review preliminary design concepts for this project to be presented by RBA Group,” said McMahon.

Neither the borough president’s office nor Warren George, Inc. returned calls seeking comment for this article.

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