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Storm Waters Recede?

Mineola updates flood project

Progression was the theme last week when Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini gave an update on the ongoing Bruce Terrace Flood project. The plan should remediate decades of flood problems on the Mineola/Carle Place border.

Mineola’s side of the three-part, joint-municipal project includes the installation of two new drainage manholes, four new catch basins and the removal of 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe would be replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.

The trench area for the pipe, according to Rini, has been paved and toward the end of the project when each phase of the three-part project is completed, contractors will do mill work in the affected areas.

An existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the village’s south recharge basin would be replaced with a 48-inch pipe. The village would demolish an existing manhole, which would be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.

New catch basins would be installed, with five 6-foot manholes and 1,420 feet of 18-or 24-inch drainage pipe on Liberty Avenue with a new outfall structure into the Mineola catch basin to provide storm water relief to East Second Street.

Phase two, Nassau County’s portion, includes installing two new catch basins and five new manholes and 1,715 feet of 36- or 48-inch bypass pipes on Sheridan Boulevard from Raff Avenue, crossing Westbury Avenue and entering Mineola’s recharge basin. Rini said no work has begun as of press time.

“Pending the start of Nassau County’s portion, it has been put out to bid,” Rini said. “There is a low bidder. To my knowledge, nothing has been awarded as yet.”

The county’s part needed the Nassau Interim Finance Authority’s approval. At a recent Carle Place Civic Association meeting, Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello said a bid should be awarded by March 18.

Village officials say they are in contact with county reps, attempting to move the process along. Mineola can continue with its project without any setbacks.

However, Rini said there’s “a great deal of utility crossings for water services and gas services” being in a residential area near Sheridan Boulevard.

“It’s going to be tricky and with that, we opted to move toward Phase three, which is the construction of Liberty Avenue storm water drainage improvements.”

DPW workers have installed 195 feet of 24-inch drainage outfall pipes, according to Rini for Phase three. Connecting manholes have been installed through the south recharge basin, to the dead-end on Liberty Avenue near Union Drive. Approximately 1,030 feet of pipe will be installed from the dead end on Liberty, to the Union Drive intersection.

“One new catch basin will be installed on Senate Street, just off Liberty Avenue,” Rini said. “A new catch basin will be installed on the north side of Liberty, just east of Union. There will be two new catch basins installed on Union, just south of Liberty. All that is to catch the water from that drainage area, transport it down Liberty Avneue, dump it into the recharge basin before it gets to East Second Street.” 

North Hempstead, which broke ground on its project piece in January, will drainage improvements, installing new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the Mineola/Carle Place border. The town will build a recharge basin on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue.

“This project could not happen without [Mineola],” Kaiman said at the groundbreaking. “In many respects, taking the lead, the village has been dealing with these issues on a much broader scale.”

Rini previously met with town contractor Tri-State Paving LLC and North Hempstead officials concerning the property on the border of Mineola. The Carle Place Water District has a water line that runs through the property and Mineola will work with the district so the line will not be damaged.