Bay Ridge

City postpones big Bay Ridge water main project

December 11, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The water main replacement project, which was set to begin on Monday, Dec. 11, will now begin in January. The photo shows Colonial Road near 89th Street. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas

The city is still coming to Bay Ridge to replace water mains but the project has been postponed until after Christmas, according to Community Board 10 officials.

The work had been scheduled to begin Dec. 11, but Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann sent out an email late last week to inform the public that the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) had agreed with a request made by Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) to postpone the potentially disruptive project until after the holidays.

“CB10 received notice from Councilmember Vincent Gentile that he reached out to the Department of Design and Construction and was successful in instituting a ‘Holiday Embargo’ on the $5 million capital project for water main reconstruction in Community Board 10 that was scheduled to occur this month,” Beckmann wrote in her email. 

Beckmann said Gentile also asked DDC officials to break the scope of the project into smaller sections “to alleviate inconveniences for local residents even further.”

Right now, the parameters of the project in Bay Ridge are Shore Road and Colonial Road from 89th Street to 91st Street; 89th Street from Colonial Road to Shore Road; and Narrows Avenue from 89th Street to Shore Road.

The project is expected to generate construction noises, clouds of dust, water turn-offs and the temporary loss of on-street parking spaces.

DDC sent out an advisory on Nov. 28 announcing the start of a project to replace and extend water mains in several neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn.

The project, which DDC is calling an “Accelerated Water Main Replacement and Sewer Rehabilitation,” is expected to be completed sometime in fall 2019.

In addition to Bay Ridge, the neighborhoods where the work will be done include: Sheepshead Bay, Bushwick, Bensonhurst, Williamsburg, East New York, Sunset Park, Kensington and Borough Park.

“This is a various locations project occurring within several community boards in Brooklyn,” the DDC advisory reads.

The scope of the work entails replacing and extending water mains, water main valves and fire hydrants.

The fact that the entire project is expected to take nearly two years to complete doesn’t mean that the work in any one particular neighborhood is going to last that long, officials said.

DDC has assigned an ombudsman, known as a community construction liaison, to handle any complaints residents and business owners might have. The liaison can be reached by emailing [email protected]

If residents have concerns after work hours, they can call 311.