New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio have announced that a $15 million infrastructure project to upgrade storm sewers, sanitary sewers and water mains along Bloomingdale Road in Staten Island has been completed three months ahead of schedule. The project will improve area drainage and help to reduce flooding, allow homeowners and businesses to discontinue the use of septic systems, and ensure a reliable supply of water for the future. Funding for the project was provided by DEP while DDC managed the construction.
As part of the project, more than 6,700 linear-feet of new storm sewers and 82 new catch basins were constructed to create additional capacity in the drainage system and help alleviate street flooding between the Korean War Veterans Parkway and Veterans Road. Additionally, the upgrade included 3,500 linear-feet of new sanitary sewers that will allow a pre-school, two businesses and ten private residences to discontinue the use of their septic systems, which can be troublesome to maintain.
DDC’s Engineer-in-Charge was Mansukh Mavani, a veteran civil engineer who has served New York City for 29 years. Beginning his career in 1988 as a construction engineer for the New York City Department of Transportation, he moved to DDC when the agency was founded in 1996. He has worked in the Staten Island office of DDC’s Infrastructure division since 2006.
“If you go into other boroughs, everybody is already connected to the sanitary sewer,” said Mavani. “So, to enable people to stop depending on their septic systems is rewarding for us because the community is grateful. I feel proud of helping the community. It’s why I became an engineer. In this project, we helped to mitigate flooding and boosted the strength of the neighborhood through its infrastructure. It feels good.”
Also, while the roadway was open to install the sewers, 7,920 linear-feet of cast iron water mains were replaced with new, more reliable ductile iron piping, ensuring that the area will have a reliable supply of water for the future.