Broad Channel infrastructure project receives “Envision Verified Award”

(UI) — NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Thomas Foley has announced that Phase II of an infrastructure project in Broad Channel, Queens, which is raising streets and adding new storm sewers to reduce flooding in an area that is frequently inundated by Jamaica Bay during high tides and storms has been selected to receive an “Envision Verified Award” for sustainability from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

Streets in Broad Channel Phase I were raised to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and received new storm sewers, curbs, shared sidewalks, signs and crosswalks.

The Envision sustainable infrastructure framework assesses project sustainability across five categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World and Climate and Resilience.

To earn an Envision Verified award, a project must achieve a range of sustainability and resilience outcomes. Broad Channel Phase II was cited by ISI for improving quality of life, stakeholder relations, teamwork and collaboration, evaluating climate resilience and enhanced infrastructure integration.

Phase II of work will provide upgrades to residents on West 14th Road, West 15th Road, West 16th Road and West 17th Road. Construction includes the installation of new bulkheads at the end of each street to address eave attenuation and flood mitigation; rising each street’s centerline; shared streets; signage and striping that that will enhance safety by providing pedestrians the right of way; and the addition of new storm sewers and replacement of sanitary sewers and water mains. The project, which began in summer 2023, is anticipated to be completed in summer 2024. 

“DDC is seeking a long-term sustainable solution to the flooding that Broad Channel residents have long dealt with the aftermath of rain events and even during high tides,” said NYC Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Thomas Foley. “It’s very gratifying for the DDC team when those efforts are recognized by a group such as the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.”

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure developed and manages Envision, a framework that encourages systemic changes in the planning, design and delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure through education, training and third-party project verification.

DDC’s East Side Coastal Resiliency project and Starlight Park projects have both previously received an Envision Gold Award.

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