Years Overdue, Bowery-Houston Leg of Roadwork Ending; Resurfacing Soon

Posted on: December 17th, 2018 at 5:05 am by

Bowery, November 2018

Tonight is apparently an event not to miss here on the Lower East Side. The intersection of East Houston and the Bowery finally gets its due and proper.

Roadwork on this spot is (supposedly) at the finish line, and tonight supposedly begins the resurfacing. A Boogie informant spoke with a foreman onsite who confirmed the news.

Locals initially thought this legacy capital works project, dating back more than a decade, was largely complete when the roadway at Second Avenue received new blacktop in June 2017 (and east of Chrystie Street months earlier). But it was not to be. The digging kept going at the Bowery.

The multimillion-dollar capital works initiative began on the west side of Manhattan way back in 2004, and reached the Bowery roughly six years later in June 2010. This was the beginning of Phase II, initially slated to last only three years. Not surprisingly, the timetable was revised so many times it’s not even worth recounting the history.

Labor Day 2017 had been the most recent missed target for the city. Blame was placed on subterranean utilities work. Then the city simply stopped providing project updates via Community Board 3 communications.

Could this really be the end?

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