Ozone Park is getting a $41.5 million makeover.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced Tuesday that work has begun on the installation of three miles of new sewers and water mains in Ozone Park . Residents can also expect to see the addition of more than 200 catch basins and 80 new fire hydrants.
The roadways will also be rebuilt, new sidewalks and lighting will be installed and 200 trees will be planted. The DEP and DOT are funding the project and the DDC will manage construction. The Ozone Park makeover is expected to be complete in late 2018.
“Seeing shovels in the ground is a welcome sign for any improvements in the community, but this is especially true for a project nearly 40 years in the making,” Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder said in a statement issued Tuesday. “With today’s announcement, our families in Ozone Park will finally receive the street and sewer infrastructure that will reduce flooding, raise home values and beautify the neighborhood.”
The Ozone Park project will replace more than 18,000 feet of 8- and 12-inch distribution water mains and over 15,000 feet of sewers. There will also be an additional 535 feet of new storm sewers built. Additionally, 178 new catch basins will be added and 23 existing basins will be upgraded. The amount of fire hydrants in the area will nearly double as 46 new hydrants are being installed with 32 existing fire hydrants being replaced.
Upgrading the water and sewer infrastructure will also help accommodate the construction of a new school in Ozone Park.
Once the subsurface construction is finished, 11 lane miles of roadway will be rebuilt along with 338,000 square feet of new sidewalk and 7.5 miles of new curbs. Ninety-seven new street lights will also be installed.
“The installation of new sewer grates will decrease the risk of flooding and, paired with freshly paved roads, allow for a smoother flow of traffic, and additional fire hydrants will ensure the neighborhood is never without the proper resources to remain safe,” Senator Joseph P. Addabbo said in his statement Tuesday.
Ozone Park’s makeover will also include the construction of 10 specially designed curbside rain gardens with the ability to collect 2,500 gallons of stormwater when it rains. These rain gardens will help ease pressure on the sewer system and reduce overflows into tributaries of Jamaica Bay. More than 200 new street trees will also be planted once the infrastructure work is completed.
The DEP plans to invest $14 billion over the next 10 years in similar programs around the city. These programs are expected to create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year.
“This $41.5 million investment in Ozone Park’s infrastructure will significantly improve the neighborhood’s quality of life,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said on Monday. “The departments of Environmental Protection, Transportation and Design and Construction should be commended for embarking on this important project that will benefit Ozone Park residents for decades to come.”