NYC completes water, sewer infrastructure upgrades $1 million under budget

(UI) – The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced the completion of a $4.7 million infrastructure project in Westerleigh, Staten Island, that upgraded water mains and sanitary sewers and added new storm sewers to combat flooding in the area. The project, which was finished on time and $1 million under budget, was managed by DDC for DEP and DOT.

Map shows area covered by project. New storm sewers were installed on North and Forest Avenues

“This specific project was initiated by residents reporting chronic flooding conditions to 311, and an investigation by our engineers found that there was an opportunity to add dedicated storm sewers to the area which would create additional drainage capacity and relieve flooding conditions,” said DEP Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala.  “We are planning to invest more than $800 million for drainage upgrades on Staten Island over the next decade and when our partners at DDC complete these projects under budget, that means there’s more funding for additional work!”  

The project, which started construction in December 2021, was created to alleviate the flooding issues on North Avenue, between Livermore Avenue and Neal Dow Avenue, which is adjacent to Northerleigh Park, as well as on Forest Avenue between Livermore Avenue and Marianne Street. Over 1,300 feet of new storm sewers of up to three feet in diameter were installed to help carry out excess rainwater from the area. Over 3,600 feet of cast iron distribution water mains and a total of 1,032 feet of 10-inch sanitary sewers were upgraded to increase capacity. To improve street drainage, 10 new catch basins were installed and eight were upgraded. The project also included the upgrade of 13 fire hydrants.

“These infrastructure and sewer improvements will address flooding and enhance the quality of life for Westerleigh residents and businesses,” said New York State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Andrew Lanza. “I would like to thank DEP Commissioner Aggarwala, DOT Commissioner Rodriguez, DDC Commissioner Foley and the numerous workers for their dedication and hard work to bring these projects to fruition and under budget.”

“Westerleigh deserves state of the art drainage and stormwater management,” said Councilmember David Carr. “For too long residents dealt with flooding in their homes and neighborhood during a storm, but today we can proudly say that is no longer a reality. I would like to thank to Department of Design and Construction, Department of Environmental Protection, and Department of Transportation for their coordinated efforts to bring relief to Westerleigh.”

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