BP reviews Broad Channel road raising project
May 03, 2016 | 2504 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In August 2014, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) began the ambitious process of raising the roadways on West 11th through 19th roads to help protect the Broad Channel community from continuous flooding issues.

Last week, Borough President Melinda Katz, who created a task force to oversee the project, announced that the $28 million project is still on track and commended all those involved.

“The agencies involved have been doing a tremendous job in remaining coordinated and prioritizing the community’s needs,” she said.

Broad Channel was one of the hardest hit communities in New York City by Hurricane Sandy, and remnants of the storm’s destructive wake are still present. Flooding has always been in an issue in the low-lying community which sits on Jamaica Bay, but the storm’s destruction just underscored the issue.

The design elements of the two-phase project are borrowed from the Netherlands, and will raise the roadway level with the sidewalk, using only different colors to differentiate between the two.

The first phase of the project – the raising of the road between West 11th Road and West 13th Road – is expected to be complete by June 2017.

Raising West 14th through West 19th Roads isn’t expected to be complete until 2020, with the design phase just starting.

(Patrick Kearns)

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