The intersection at 79th Street and 157th Avenue has been painted dotted with traffic cones for so long that they have become near permanent fixtures. The reason is the ground is sinking.
Last Friday, Councilman Eric Ulrich announced he secured $1.5 million in the 2020 fiscal budget for repairs. He is optimistic it will mean the end of complaints about the street.
“It’s not an easy fix,” said Community Board 10 chair Betty Braton, noting that the issue has to do with marshy ground and nearby Spring Creek, which empties into Jamaica Bay. “This could have been exacerbated by Sandy.”
Braton watched as the ground slowly sunk for over 10 years. And while city officials knew about the problem, past repairs have been futile.
In the past, repairs have included repaving and adding more asphalt. Nevertheless, the ground sunk again.
And when it rains in Lindenwood, residents say pooling water hides the drop and unknowing passersby don’t see it until it’s too late.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will use ground penetrating radar and drill test pits to find any soft soil and cavities. Armed with that data, the agency establish a permanent solution.
Work will begin next month.
“A full restoration really needs to be done,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza.
Additionally, Ulrich allocated funding for the repaving of Cross Bay Boulevard from 157th Street to Broad Channel.