‘Final Paving’ Commences Along East Houston After 6 Years of Constant Headaches

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 at 5:04 am by
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Break out the bubbly.

Already more three years behind schedule, the East Houston Reconstruction Project is finally lunging toward conclusion. Handbills scattered throughout the vicinity alert residents that FINAL PAVING is underway.

Indeed, having commenced last night, and continuing tonight, the roadbed between Orchard and Chrystie Streets will soon be permanently capped. Assuming, of course, another utility company doesn’t need to open up the street again…

Nevertheless, contractors are still excavating for installation of a new sewer main in the intersection of 2nd Avenue. Once this work ends, the M15 bus stop will return to its rightful place above Sara D. Roosevelt Park, and the 2-way bike lane on Chrystie Street can move forward.

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The multimillion-dollar capital works initiative began on the west side of Manhattan over a decade ago and reached the Bowery around June 2010. This was the start of Phase II, initially slated to last three years. Not surprisingly, the timetable was revised so many times it’s not even worth recording. Through it all, businesses on these blocks suffered, from Russ & Daughters to Yonah Schimmel’s. Even President Obama got to experience the headaches of Houston Street firsthand during his springtime motorcade.

Maybe the work will actually finish up by the end of the month

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