Westbound Traffic on Grand Street is Closed Until November 2015 for Water Main Work

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 at 9:18 am by
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Grand Street on our side of the Bowery is fucked for the next ten months. At least.

Back in mid-September, the capital works project to replace a trunk water main beneath Grand Street finally crossed the Bowery. Thus began the second phase of traffic headaches and quality-of-life nuisances. Construction vehicles and supplies have flooded the area in the interim, awaiting the first major action. It’s time.

Indeed, westbound traffic on Grand between Allen and Chrystie Streets was cut off last week; one eastbound lane remains unaffected. Motorists are warned of the pattern change (and detour) at Essex, thanks to a mobile messaging system. The closure is for a good while, too. According to the Department of Design and Construction, the stretch of pavement will remain sealed for infrastructural work through at least November 2015. “These changes are necessary to facilitate the excavation and installation of water mains as part of the Grand Street Trunk Water Mains Project Phase II,” the latest community notice announces. That means lots of jackhammering, dust, and horn honking.

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This intrusive roadwork bears the potential to devastate business along this stretch of Chinatown. As it is, these sidewalks are narrow enough for open air shoppers. The added equipment creates even more of a bottleneck for pedestrians and shoppers here. Not to mention the sidelining of store deliveries.

In addition to these new water mains, the DDC will also replace traffic signs, street lighting, reconstruct distribution water mains, clean the sewers, and repave a fresh roadway. The overall project is slated to last another couple years, with a target completion date of Spring 2017.

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