Residents of Middle Village and Rego Park may have noticed a massive hole in 63rd Avenue last Thursday with a dozen or so construction workers from the Department of Environmental Protection chipping away at the concrete. According to the DEP, one of the sewer pipes under the road failed.
“We have 7,000 miles of water mains and 7,500 miles of sewer pipelines,” a DEP spokesman said. “So on any given day we are doing a number of these projects.”
Though traffic was stalled for a bit, the pipe was repaired and the hole was filled by Thursday and all equipment and roadsigns were cleared out by Friday afternoon.
The DEP spokesman said that pipe failure is a regular occurrence so the agency tries its best not to incovenience neighbors and commuters too much.
“These sort of failures are usually complaint-driven, though we do monitor our systems as well,” he said. “If we noticed an increase or decrease in water flow, we try to rectify the situation as soon as possible.
— Tess McRae