2014-01-17 / Top Stories

Bumpy Road For Rockaway Beach Boulevard

By Dan Guarino


Dug in: Drivers and pedestrians face major water and sewer work along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Photo by Dan Guarino Dug in: Drivers and pedestrians face major water and sewer work along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Photo by Dan Guarino Drivers and pedestrians are having a tough time getting around Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 90th to Beach 94th Streets.

As they have in previous months, crews and heavy equipment are once again digging up this major Rockaway roadway.

Regarding the current round of work, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) issued a notice stating that they are managing a capital construction project which “will focus on upgrading the existing infrastructure to ensure (that it) is durable enough to last well into the future.”

As part of this project, crews have been working at installing new sewers, catch basins and mains at various spots across the peninsula. It is expected to carry on into February.

This work was planned before Sandy but was delayed by the storm.

Currently a new 36 inch water main is being installed at Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 90th and Beach 94th Streets.

DDC reports that overall 80% of the water main work has been completed at various locations. Also 90% of the sanitary sewer, storm sewer and catch basin work has been done, as well 50% of the trunk water mains.

“I just wish they’d finally finish and repave the road already,” one man who regularly travels on RBB said. “I’m tired of getting bounced around in my own car.”

Street closures, detours, sidewalk disruptions and slowed traffic have also been an issue.

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