The End is Near


It’s been a long road for construction work along Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park. The city says it’s coming to an end. The NYC Department of Design and Construction says the work is expected to be complete ahead of Memorial Day weekend, by May 23.

It’s hard to remember the last time Beach Channel Drive between Beach 116th and Beach 124th wasn’t being worked on. Contracts for the SANDHW11 project to repair the water mains, sewers and road in this area, started being sought in 2016. Work officially started in 2018. For three years, locals and visitors have been subject to rough road conditions and closures along this strip. The DDC says it’ll finally come by an end by May 23, and maybe even sooner. “The remaining work is the asphalt on the north side of Beach Channel Drive from 116th St up to about 124th St, and then it’s basically complete,” DDC spokesperson Ian Michaels says.

As far as the area along the bay wall, Michaels says sidewalk will be placed near the curb, as well as a three-foot wide asphalt path directly along the bay wall, and dirt will be left between the two to be seeded for grass.

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