Major Rockaway thoroughfare to open for summer
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Beach Channel Drive at 108th Street, which has been closed since late December.
Beach Channel Drive at 108th Street, which has been closed since late December.
A major thoroughfare that connects both ends of the Rockaway peninsula has been closed for two months after the remnants of an old coal tunnel were found to undermine the roadway, but is expected to open just in time for the beach season.

A spokesperson for National Grid said they expect repair work to continue until the end of May

The old coal tunnel remained from when the Long Island Landing Company used to transport coal to the Rockaways. After National Grid and the Department of Transportation used test borings and ground penetrating radar to determine what the cause for the roadway's disrepair was, they discovered the tunnel.

“National Grid is coordinating closely with DOT to repair the area of Beach Channel Drive adjacent to its work area,” a spokesperson from National Grid said.

However, the closure underscores more significant infrastructure issues on the peninsula, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder released a statement earlier this year calling for the repair of bulkheads across his district.

"The closure of Beach Channel Drive at Beach 108th Street to inspect possible structural issues underscores the need for comprehensive repairs to our infrastructure here in Rockaway," he said.

(Patrick Kearns)

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