Sunday, November 17, 2013
DEP project may bring traffic nightmare
From the Queens Chronicle:
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed to spread a citywide project to South Ozone Park next August to prevent untreated sewage from ultimately making its way into the bay.
Combined sewer overflows (CSOs) result from the combination of this domestic sewage and industrial wastewaters with storm water. The project, once completed, will monitor this, and consists of adding higher level sewer separation, wet weather stabilization, drainage basins and more in the event of a future storm.
Currently, plans are in preliminary stages. There will be period for public comment, and the DEP is working with the DOT on road closure potentials.
According to proposal plans, once construction begins, 126th Street between South Conduit Avenue and 150th Avenue will be closed for one year, as will the 150th Avenue westbound lane.
Additionally, the Belt Parkway’s on-ramp near 150th Avenue will be closed for 22 months, and one eastbound lane will be closed for one year during nighttime DOT work hours.
North Conduit Avenue near 150th Avenue will also experience various lane closures for up to two years. A traffic analysis concluded that the left lane can be closed for two months, and the second lane closed at night for two, one-month periods.
The green space between the Belt Parkway and North Conduit Avenue will be closed for two years.
There are also additional flagging areas for trucks, and temporary, short-term closures for truck unloading.