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Construction wreaks havoc in Bayside
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BY JENNA BAGCAL
Cracked roads, scattered debris and traffic have
become a hallmark of Bell Boulevard and surrounding
areas in Bayside where an ongoing sewer
and water main replacement project trudges on.
CAC Industries, which the Department of Design
and Construction (DDC) contracted to complete
the project, has recently started repaving the
roads on 38th Street between Bell Boulevard and
214th Place. They will soon move on to 38th Avenue
between 215th and 216th Street.
“To reduce flooding and improve water infrastructure
reliability on and around 33rd Avenue,
37th Avenue and 38th Avenue in Bayside, DDC is replacing
old trunk water mains, replacing old storm
sewers and installing new storm sewers. Fire protection
will also be enhanced with the installation
of additional fire hydrants,” said Shoshana Khan,
an assistant public information officer at DDC.
In addition to road repaving, the DDC said that
it is currently working on restoring damaged
curbs and sidewalks on 38th Avenue between Bell
Boulevard and 209th Street and installing trunk
water mains on 38th Avenue from 201st and 206th
Since the project’s start, residents have complained
about issues including deficient parking
spots, clouds of dust and dangerous roadways impacting
their quality of life.
According to the agency, it has completed approximately
35 percent of the $62.5 million project
in Bayside and Flushing since DDC broke ground
in May 2018. The project is slated to be completed
in Summer 2021.
Residents interested in more updates or more
information regarding the project can contact
Community Construction Liaison Latisha James
Reach reporter Jenna Bagcal by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (718) 260-2583.
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