NYC finishes $23 million in water, wastewater, stormwater upgrades

sewage pipe infrastructure from NY governors office statement

New York Construction Report staff writer

City officials this week announced the completion of a $24 million project to improve street conditions, alleviate flooding, and upgrade infrastructure in the South Jamaica and St. Albans neighborhoods of Queens. The project, completed a year ahead of schedule, was funded by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and was managed by the Department of Design and construction (DDC).

Work was designed by DDC’s in-house team. Construction was completed by Maspeth Supply Co. LLC and engineering services were provided by KS Engineers, P.C.

“As each of these projects is completed we are one step closer to our ultimate goal of a comprehensive drainage system for southeast Queens,” said NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala.

“The new storm sewers, resurfaced roadways, rebuilt sidewalks, and 73 new trees will reduce flooding and improve the overall quality of life for the residents of South Jamaica and St. Albans. Thank you to our partners at DDC for completing this project one year ahead of schedule.”

To alleviate flooding, 3,190 ft. of storm sewers ranging from 12 to 66 inches in diameter were added to the neighborhoods and 230 feet of existing storm sewers were replaced. Thirteen new catch basins were installed and the holding capacity of local sewers was increased with a new underground chamber and the replacement of an old one. During construction, 1,510 feet of new 10-inch sanitary sewers were added to the neighborhoods and 1,790 feet of sanitary sewers ranging from 8 to 10 inches were replaced.


  • 2,950 ft. of water mains ranging from 6 to 20 inches in diameter were replaced and an additional 245 ft. of water main was added
  • 72,950 sq. ft. of asphalt laid down over a new concrete base
  • 27,895 sq. ft. of sidewalk and 2,400 feet of curbs were reconstructed
  • 3,155 ft. of new curbs were added
  • Compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was improved with replacement of 22 pedestrian ramps

“Working with our DEP partners we were able to complete this project one year ahead of schedule, bringing much needed relief to residents who lived for years with inadequate sewers, roadways and other infrastructure,” said NYC Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Thomas Foley.

“We continue to make excellent progress in the $2.5 billion Southeast Queens Initiative, the largest of its kind in the city and we look forward to completing this program of more than 40 individual projects for the half a million people who live in these historically underserved areas.”


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