Ongoing Grand Street Water Main Work Winds Down East of Allen

Posted on: October 13th, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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​The reality of Phase II has set in. Grand Street east of the Bowery is a total shitshow right now. Thanks to the ongoing work around installing a trunk water main beneath the roadway, the traffic patterns are changed, and businesses likely hurting.

With the interlocking system of portable fencing and construction crew in tow, the zone of operations had spread to its eastern terminus on Essex Street last spring. For the ensuing months, there was little respite from drilling, jackhammering, motors blaring, pollution etc. Westbound motorists were also detoured at Essex, further snarling traffic here.

Then, yesterday morning, quiet. The entire street is now free from obstruction, with the only remnant being the embedded steel plates covering what seems to be the last of the work. Storage corrals and equipment were relocated, and two lanes of traffic restored.

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Meanwhile, the center of activity remains on the corridor of Grand Street between Forsyth and Allen.
As previous reported, the capital works project (#MED609) – helmed by the Department of Design and Construction – upgrades the infrastructure beneath the roadway. Plans include new water mains and gas pipes, replacement traffic signs and street lighting, reconstruction of distribution water mains, cleaning the sewers, and repaving a fresh roadway.

While construction has been ongoing since 2012 (west of the Bowery), this is still only the beginning for folks on the Lower East Side. We still have two more years of this crap. Anticipated completion date is spring 2017.

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Water main work, July 2015

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