Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 28 September 2013 00:00
Amidst complaints and questions, residents are anxious to know when the work on East Shore Road will finish and traffic will be able to return to its normal ebb and flow, without the interruptions due to the work on the sewer connections.
With a mandate to eliminate nitrogen from the surrounding water, the Village of Great Neck and the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District are combining their two sewer plants, with both soon to be under the jurisdiction of the GNWPCD. Work involving pipes and connections are part of the process and East Shore Road, in the Old Village, has been torn up for a year and everyone wants to know when it will be over. GNWPCD Commissioner Steve Reiter told the
Great Neck Record that the work is “almost done.”
Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman, who signed the combination agreement with the GNWPCD in 2008, told the Record that he had been informed that the work was supposed to take approximately two months. That work began almost a year ago. The mayor said that because the GNWPCD had complete responsibility for all planning, and work and East Shore Road is a Nassau County road, he had no idea when the project would be completed and traffic along East
Shore Road would move freely. All of this time, since the work began last year, traffic has been diverted along the road, with orange cones and other road signs and equipment blocking traffic from moving freely. He stated that the village wanted the project completed as soon as possible.
Reiter admitted that the project should have been completed by now and he said that unanticipated events delayed the project. For starters, he explained that last year’s Superstorm Sandy and its resulting damage, greatly delayed this sewer
combination project. On top of this delay, many of the maps and “mark-outs” for the project were incorrect. Often the workers ran in to pipes never indicated, and, perhaps, never known at this time. ”No one ever heard of some of these pipes,” Reiter said.
At one point, crews discovered unknown old pipes for a storm sewer and also discovered high pressure gas lines that were never indicated. All unanticipated, all had to be dealt with, all caused delays.
“We have a very old infrastructure to work with,” Reiter emphasized. “We should have finished this summer.”
At this point, Reiter explained that the work crews are now “coming down the hill” back on to East Shore Road, where they will complete the work. “Very soon,” Reiter promised.