Goldfeder Calls For BCD Investigation
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has requested that Maura McCarthy, Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT), conduct an immediate investigation into the collapsed bay wall, flooding and severe damages caused by Superstorm Sandy along Beach Channel Drive, between Beach 108 Street and Beach 149 Street. The combination of the storm damage and collapsed bay wall (also known as a bulkhead), has compromised usage of Beach Channel Drive, one of the busiest roads in the Rockaways and one of the only east-west corridors in the area.
“I’ve been fighting for the investigation and restoration of the deteriorating bay wall surrounding the Rockaways for over a year,” Goldfeder said. “Superstorm Sandy only further aggravated a problem our community has fought to address in the past. Right now, the safety of Beach Channel Drive is questionable and this puts our families at a level of risk that I refuse to accept.”
Recently, families and community leaders have expressed concern regarding Beach Channel Drive’s safety. The deterioration and collapse of the bulkhead leaves the road without much underground support and eliminates what little flood protection the Rocka-ways had in the past, noted Goldfeder. Further damage to the bay wall, either through decay or additional storm damage, could lead to the formation of sinkholes, putting the homes along Beach Channel Drive at even greater risk.
“We have been fighting for years and it’s about time someone take notice before it’s too late,” District Manager of Community Board 14 Jonathan Gaska said. “We can’t take any more chances when it comes to protecting our families and one of the most important roads in the Rockaway community.”
“Much of the storm damage along Beach Channel Drive can be con-nected back to the decaying bay wall,” Goldfeder said. “The DOT should take immediate action to investigate and repair the current damage, not only to keep the road safe but also to prevent any future storm damage from destroying our community. I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure the bay wall is permanently fixed and Beach Channel Drive is a safe, viable roadway for Rockaway families.”