2014-02-07 / Top Stories

Bay 32nd Sewer Project Starts


The corner of Bay 32nd and Bessemund Avenue turns into a lake during heavy rains. Photo courtesy Martin Sherman The corner of Bay 32nd and Bessemund Avenue turns into a lake during heavy rains. Photo courtesy Martin Sherman Work to improve the frequently flooding Bay 32nd Street area has finally begun thanks to local elected officials.

Residents of the area surrounding Bay 32nd Street have had to deal with heavy flooding and have waited for repairs for many years. In early August 2013, Councilman Donovan Richards responded to resident’s concerns and brought the Department of Design and Construction out to investigate and update residents. The DDC explained their overall improvement plan and promised to make temporary fixes in the following weeks. No improvements were made for some time, but with persistency from Richards and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, the improvements have recently begun.

“These improvements are essential to the resiliency of Rockaway,” said Richards. “We have to ensure that we are prepared for emergency situations and no community feels left behind. I am very happy that residents will no longer have to swim to their front doors after a light rain. I want to thank the Department of Design and Construction for finally beginning the work that will improve the lives of everyone in the community.”

When the Bay 32nd Street Storm Sewer Project is complete, the area will have repaired storm sewers, water mains, sidewalks, curbs, pedestrian ramps, sanitary sewers and catch basins.

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