As part of the current administration's $1.7 billion commitment to improve drainage in southwest Queens, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) began work on a $25 million sewer project this week.
According to Councilman Donovan Richards, most of the roadways in the area of Hook Creek Boulevard lack the adequate stormwater infrastructure, including catch basins and storm sewers. This has caused major flooding issues with almost every rainstorm.
“Southeast Queens has been looking for solutions to flooding for decades, but at least now we have a plan,” Richards said. “With every new project, we are getting closer to the days where flooding is a concern of the past.”
As part of the new project, storm and combined sewers will be constructed along Hook Creek Boulevard between 128th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard, along Brookville Boulevard between 121st Street and 128th Drive, and in the adjacent neighborhoods.
The overall project will feature an entirely new drainage system, including construction of large trunk sewer spines along 150th Street, Guy Brewer Boulevard, Farmers Boulevard and Springfield Boulevard.
Work will be split into 18 separate projects with the first beginning as soon as later this year.
An estimated 200 curbside rain gardens will be constructed to intercept stormwater before it ever enters the sewer systems.
The project will also include green infrastructure improvements at four city parks, two public schools and two NYCHA developments.
“Rosedale residents have been burdened by inadequate infrastructure for years, and this upgrade will help alleviate the chronic flooding faced by homeowners,” said Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman.