DDC: 27 New Sewer Projects In The Works

Department of Design and Construction (DDC) crews are currently installing 27 new sewer and water systems throughout Queens, it was learned by The Queens Courier.
Criss-crossing beneath Queens’ 2,443 miles of streets, the $87.9 million program is designed to reduce flooding in residential areas with high water tables, cut water pollution, upgrade water mains, and replace older sewer lines.
It was also learned that DDC engineers have already begun designing an additional 25 sewer and water line projects, costing almost $82 million.
Citing the need for more efficient sewer and water supply systems, Borough President Helen Marshall declared, “I am glad that the design and construction of these projects is moving forward to improve drainage and provide relief for longtime residents and to meet the growing needs of new housing in areas, like Rockaway Peninsula.”
Spurred by a heavy beach-front home building program in Edgemere and Arverne, more than $42 million — or one-quarter of the borough’s total sewer budget — has been allocated for the design and installation of new sanitary and storm sewers plus new trunk water mains in the central sector of the 11-mile long Rockaway peninsula.
pleased Councilmember James Sanders, who represents the area, said, “I have been fighting long and hard for an adequate sewer system in my district.”
DDC plans, he noted, have also budgeted $7.5 million for designing two new sewer systems along Brookville Boulevard, a roadway that slithers through a series of wetlands and waterways.
“Providing these necessary resources for the people,” said Sanders, “paves the way for affordable housing units.”
The largest project under design is the $12 million sewer and water lines in the vicinity of 99th Avenue between Sutphin and Francis Lewis Boulevards in Jamaica. Running along the critical 99th Avenue LIRR track lines, field crews will also reconstruct the 99th Avenue roadway. Another $22.4 million has been allocated to design three Rockaway sewer projects on Chandler Street, Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and in Edgemere.
Marshall noted that a borough of more than 2.2 million residents and thousands of businesses requires a broad and efficient system of storm, sanitary and combined sewers.
DDC field crews are currently working on a massive $10.7 million installation of new storm sewers and replacement of sanitary sewers on 104th Street between 201st Street and 217th Place in St. Albans. Almost as large is the $8.4 million installation of new storm and sanitary sewers in the Redfern area of the Rockaways.