Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
The P.C. Richard situation isn’t the only local problem that has gotten the attention of the Greenvale Civic Association. For over a year, the civic association has petitioned lawmakers and state officials over a flooding problem along Route 25A near Marion St. in Greenvale.
State officials now claim that help is on the way. A spokesman for the New York State Department of Transportation told The Roslyn News that a renovation project in the area has been the recipient of federal funds and that the project is in “the very, very early stages of construction.”
The spokesman added that at the Greenvale location, workers have encountered utility conflicts in removing the old drainage systems, plus other field conditions that are “complicating matters.” According to another DOT spokesman, such conflicts involve Verizon and a National Grid gas main.
“However, we are installing extra large drainage structures on [Route 25A],” the spokesman added. “If all goes well, and if soil conditions permit, we do expect the installation of the new, extra large drainage structures to take place either very late this year, soil conditions permitting. Otherwise, they will be installed early next spring as soon as the ground thaws.”
The problem was highlighted on the weekend of Oct. 3 when rainfall caused flooding conditions, raising safety concerns.
In late 2007, John Fabio, president of the civic association, began contacting lawmakers about the problem. In a Dec. 27, 2007 letter, he wrote to both State Senator Craig Johnson and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, noting that heavy rain conditions closed down at least one lane on Route 25A and, in some instances, closes off the highway altogether, as was the case in the Fall of 2007.
“On Christmas night [of 2007], a flood condition occurred which caused a car to skid and crash head on into a tree on 25A,” Fabio wrote to Johnson.
Earlier, Fabio had written to the NYS DOT. The DOT’s suggestion was to clean out the two catch basins on the section of 25A in question. Fabio considered a mere cleanup to be inadequate and he was also told that the DOT planned to install additional catch basins for the area, but that project might take a year or more. “We cannot wait that long for surely the next accident…could result in a fatality,” Fabio additionally wrote.
Seven months later, in July 2008, Senator Johnson wrote back to Fabio, claiming that a study of the area had been completed and a design phase to place “a few more” basins on Route 25A was under way. Johnson added that it was his understanding that renovation could begin in the summer of 2009.
Earlier, in February 2008, Lavine had written to the DOT’s regional director, also asking for a few more catch basins for the area in question.
Finally, on Jan. 27 of this year, the regional director wrote to Lavine, noting that after a drainage analysis of the area, the DOT had advertised a bid for a drainage improvement project for the Greenvale area. The project, he added, would include the installation of two new leaching basins and two new catch basins as well as cleaning the existing drainage system. The letter also acknowledged the “current tough budget situation,” while anticipating that work on the project could begin during the 2009 construction season.