Peter J. Mahon
January 5th, 2017
AN ONGOING MESS
Although the project's contractual completion date for West 11th and 12th Roads was stipulated as June of 2017, there was much talk on the part of DDC and others during mid 2016 that work was proceeding so well that it was anticipated that a substantial completion of street work on West 11th and 12th Road might be achieved as early as December 2016.
As 2016 drew to a close, the residents of West 11th and 12th Roads in Broad Channel were looking forward to the 2017 New Year in anticipation of enjoying their brand new raised streets complete with brand new end of street bulkheads. Unfortunately, It recently became known that work has been delayed and the previously scheduled substantial completion date for bulkhead, infrastructure and street work on West 11th and 12th Roads which was to be achieved via accelerated work scheduling is no longer attainable and the contractor (EIC Associates, Inc.) is now citing the June 2017 completion date stipulated in company's contract with the city (DDC). The exact reasons for this delay are far from defined at this point with only non specific causative factors (ie: "tidal flooding" and "weather") being offered at this time.
To complicate matters even further, even the original contractual project completion date of June 2017 is now apparently unattainable as the city has struck a deal requiring the project contractor to "pause" all construction activity on West 11th and 12th Roads effective March 1, 2017, to allow Build it Back access to those streets to complete scheduled elevations/rebuilds of some 30+ properties. When Build it Back will complete its work and return the streets to EIC Associates so that they may complete the street work is, at best, anyone's guess at this point.
Concerns regarding the insertion of the Build it Back program into the midst of the street reconstruction project currently raises more questions than actual answers. Nevertheless, bulkhead and street raising project activity has been ongoing since September of 2014 and the present delay (for undefined reasons) coupled with the now planned work stoppage to accommodate BIB on was both unplanned for and came as a a complete surprise to all W12th Road residents who were looking forward to the previously mentioned December 2016 substantial completion date. The community deserves a complete explanation of what has brought us to this point and a realistic overview of what we can expect from this time forward. The Broad Channel Civic Association is particularly upset as they have been attending monthly meetings for a year at the Queens Borough President's Office where it has been consistently maintained by the contractor that both West 11th and 12th Roads would have major road work completed by