Road work ahead

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DUMBO is getting the mother of all road infrastructure improvements beginning next month.

Slated to begin in mid−July is the long awaited $20.4 million renovation of Water and Washington streets.

The road work includes Water Street from Old Fulton Street to Adams Street, and Washington Street from York Street to the waterfront.

The 18−month project involves a full street reconstruction of the road bed, installing and fixing water mains and sewer lines, and other attendant work to faulty utility lines workers may run into.

The Belgian blocks will be lifted and then reinstalled in keeping with DUMBO’s Historic District when the infrastructure work is completed, said DUMBO Business Improvement District Executive Director Kate Kerrigan.

Kerrigan said the road work will require parts of Water Street to be closed when construction gets underway.

Any other closures the city anticipates will be addressed in a traffic mobility plan with the community, she said.

Already the roadwork has prompted the MTA to discontinue the B25 bus on Front Street, Main Street, Water Street and Furman Street. The B25 Bus Terminal is at Furman St⁄Old Fulton Street.

The city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will be the lead agency in doing the work in coordination with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation.

DDC spokesperson Matthew Monahan said some of the infrastructure work will involve combining storm sewers from the streets to sanitary lines from surrounding buildings so that one system carries both.

The current antiquated system has them as separate lines in the area, and after the roadwork is done, they will be tied together in one large series of pipes and chambers, he said.

The DDC has also set up an Office of Community Outreach and Notification for local residents. The phone number is (718) 643−2850 or email

Also slated in the neighborhood this summer is the first phase of work to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

This includes work at Pier 1 on over 1,300 feet of the promenade along the East River, and 2.5 acres of lawn.

In total, Pier 1 will add 9.5 new acres of park to the already existing Empire Fulton Ferry State Park and the Main Street City Park.

Work on the park this summer will also be done at Pier 6, which will add about seven acres of new park, including a 1.6 acre destination playground with water play areas, a promenade with views of lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor, three sand volleyball courts, a concession and a dog run.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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