Trees Fall For Sewer Project
The Department of Design and Construction is in full swing with its $23 million Rockaway Beach neighborhood sewer renovation project. For residents, that unfortunately means many trees located on their affected blocks must be removed in order to access the sewer pipes.
This week laborers can be seen removing large limbs of trees that, in many cases, are more than 50 years old, along Beach 91 Street between the Rockaway Freeway and Beach Channel Drive. According to local sources, the sewer pipes in many cases are located beneath these trees and if DDC was to dig beneath the roots of the tree it would make them unstable.
As a compromise to the conditions, part of the project’s allocated cost will include 44 new trees for the affected areas between Beach 88 Street and Beach 94 Street. The project includes installation of water mains, storm sewers and sanitary sewer reconstruction. The project will be completed in several phases by the fall of 2013. In addition to the sewer installations, new aesthetic improvements such as sidewalks, pavements, catch basins, and pedestrian ramps will be installed.