FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2021
Sewer Project Begins This Week
KINGSTON, NY – The
City of Kingston staff and project managers have released more detailed
information regarding the sewer work happening on Broadway.
The City of
Kingston Department of Public Works have posted No Parking signs and will be
doing snow removal along Broadway in advance of the sewer project beginning
this week. Due to the recent snow storm, some snow removal was delayed, but
will be continuing this week as weather allows.
February 24, roadway signal striping and installing of barricades and sidewalk
fencing occurred in the Broadway sewer project area, starting at Henry Street
and heading west. Traffic will shift to two lane on Broadway from the
Roundabout project to just past Field Court.
O’Neil Street to
Downs Street will be the first scheduled work area, which will have concrete
jersey barrier placed along the travel lanes for the duration of work and fence
placed along the curb side to protect pedestrians. Work in this block is
expected to take about three weeks. Road plates will be placed over the trench
at night and weekends for protection. Excavation will then proceed west
towards St. James Street. The project is expected to be complete by May 15.
There will be
parking limitations on Broadway in the work zone as the construction projects
proceeds. In order to accommodate the sewer work, there will be no parking
between Henry Street and St. James on the south side of the street. There will
be limited parking on the north side of Broadway. Limited deliveries may be
able to access the north side of Broadway, behind barrels, where not in
conflict with construction. The City of Kingston has received permission to
allow parking in the Restorative Justice Center parking lot (across from The
Anchor) from 5:00pm until 6:00am, Monday through Friday, and all day on
weekends. Parking will also be available in the public parking lot next to Sea
Deli and on all of the side streets. Parking signage will be installed to
direct drivers to open parking areas. “Business Open” signs will also be posted.
All attempts will be made to allow parking as much as possible while
construction is ongoing.
“We know what a
big inconvenience this construction is for businesses and residents, but unless
dealt with now, a catastrophic collapse of the sewer line would be possible,”
said Mayor Noble. “If that were to happen, it would be a complete shutdown
Broadway and might require businesses to close until a temporary sewer pipe
system could be installed. The reason we are doing this project now is due to
the possibility of a collapse, and to coincide with other major infrastructure
work that is scheduled to start back up this spring. We thank County Executive
Pat Ryan for helping make room for parking in the probation lot after work
hours and on weekends, and we will continue to seek solutions to parking
availability as the project continues. We know it’s painful, and we apologize,
but we really must complete this vital work.”
The City of
Kingston will have weekly roadwork updates on the website homepage, Facebook
and in the Mayor’s newsletter, which will include the Broadway sewer work, the
Broadway Streetscape Project, and the I-587 Roundabout construction, among
other ongoing roadwork.