Falling through the Cracks
You really don’t have to look that closely, you can see the big crack on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 119th Street, and another similar fissure on Beach 123rd Street.
Local resident Ed Gormley noticed the cracks, photographed them, and sent the pictures along with his concerns, to The Wave.
In response, we not only sent photos to the Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection, but sent them to several local politicians for their review.
“Our road and sewer infrastructure in Rockaway has been neglected for too long and Sandy only compounded the problem,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said. “We have seen fragmented patchwork throughout the neighborhood but a comprehensive review by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must be undertaken immediately to ensure the sewers and streets are safe for our families and visitors.”
Neither the DOT nor the DEP had responded to The Wave’s inquiries by press time.
The Rockaway Beach Civic Association has told its members that beginning the week of June 23, there are plans to resurface Beach Channel Drive, but where the work will be focused is not yet known.
The Wave has asked DOT and DEP for specifics, but has not yet received any reply.
It has been announced that road work will begin in other areas; beginning the week of June 9, restoration activities on Beach 91st Street will begin, concentrating between Rockaway Freeway and Holland Avenue. The work will be done in three phases, and will require street closures during the hours of operation. Phase 1 will begin on the block between Rockaway Freeway and Rockaway Beach Boulevard; Phase 2 will resume one-half block from Rockaway Beach Boulevard to mid-block, and Phase 3 will finish the rest; mid-block to Holland Avenue.
There is also word from the Rockaway Beach Civic Association that Rockaway Beach Boulevard restoration will be addressed, but not until after Beach Channel Drive has been resurfaced.
But as The Wave still has not gotten a response from either the DOT or DEP, your guess is as good as ours as to when – of if — these cracks will be fixed.