Last week, DEP and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced the completion of installation of new stormwater and sanitary sewers on 9th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Gowanus Canal.
As part of the project, storm sewers were also constructed on 9th Street between Smith Street and the canal. Combined sewers were created along 2nd Avenue between 7th and 9th streets, and an older cast iron water main was replaced.
According to DEP, 9th Street has been prone to flooding during heavy rainstorms, which impeded traffic and impacted local businesses.
“The new catch basins and storm sewers along 9th Street have already improved drainage and helped to reduce the flooding that in the past has made this important east-west connection impassable during heavy rain storms,” DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said.
The $27 million project, funded by DEP, was originally projected to be completed in summer 2021.
According to Sapienza, the work will compliment more than $200 million already invested to help improve the health of the Gowanus Canal, including upgrading the Flushing Tunnel and Pump Station, the construction of curbside rain gardens and new storm sewers on 3rd Avenue.
That $53 million project on 3rd Avenue spans three miles, and will create additional drainage capacity.
Councilman Brad Lander said not only is the completion of the project great news for local residents and businesses, it also lays the groundwork for a healthier and more sustainable Gowanus.
“We look forward to continuing to work with DEP to implement and expand these strategies for water management throughout our neighborhood,” he said.