DEP, DOT combine to fix ‘Lake Edsall’ - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide

DEP, DOT combine to fix ‘Lake Edsall’

by David Russell, Associate Editor | Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:30 am

The area once known as “Lake Edsall” has been improved, with the New York City Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection announcing Tuesday the completion of work to alleviate ponding on the avenue in Glendale.

“I do want to apologize to the homeowners because now you don’t have lakefront property anymore,” Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) said at the announcement.

The project includes four new catch basins, 160 feet of new sewer and 676 linear feet of new curb along the northern portion of the street adjacent to the railroad tracks that were installed this summer. The curb will better channel the water.

DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia noted that it was a “historic and very severe ponding issue that has plagued Edsall Avenue for more than a decade.”

The four new basins are at Edsall Avenue and 73rd Place, Edsall Avenue and 72nd Place, and along Edsall between 71st Place and 72nd Street. They are expected to help effectively drain stormwater.

“Hopefully this goes a long way for the community,” said DEP Deputy Commissioner for Water and Sewer Operations Tasos Georgelis.

In the fall, the DOT will mill and pave four blocks of Edsall Avenue from 71st to 73rd Place. Altogether, the new drainage and street infrastructure is more than $300,000.

Holden said it is nice that residents will no longer have to wade into a foot of water to get to their cars.

“It brings us to the 20th century,” he said. “We didn’t get up to the 21st century. We will.”

Also at Tuesday’s event were residents, DOT and DEP representatives, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and Community Board 5 President Vincent Arcuri Jr.

“I apologize to the residents of this area that we couldn’t do anything faster but as those of us that know it takes six to 10 years to get a real project accomplished,” Arcuri said.