From Douglaston Patch:
Douglaston leaders said they are frustrated that a project to upgrade a deteriorated stretch of Shore Road has been moving along at a “painfully slow” pace.
The road’s upgrade is estimated to cost $3.1 million and was originally scheduled to begin this October, Community Board 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld said.
There has been speculation whether leaking water mains or an underground spring caused the deterioration. Heavy rainstorms have caused damage along Shore Road, preventing it from draining properly.
The city’s Design and Construction Department will repair, repave and reconstruct up to a total of 3,700 feet of road along Shore Road as well as West Drive, Beverly Road and 36th Avenue, Seinfeld said.
But a plan to address storm water runoff along the roadway must be addressed by the city’s Environmental Protection and Transportation departments before its remediation can begin, Schmidt said.
Community leaders first noticed damage to the road in the early 1990s. A 150-foot section of the road along Little Neck Bay’s western side near Bay View Road has collapsed, while another portion near Manor Road is deteriorating.
Seinfeld said the project is budgeted for fiscal year 2012, but the logistics of the project must first be determined.