Residents of Bruce Terrace in Mineola got to see work start on the long-awaited flood mitigation project as the Village of Mineola started its third of the project on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
The village’s contractor is currently working on Bruce Terrace installing 30-inch storm water pipes that will be replacing existing 18-inch pipes as well as installing connections to existing basins and the addition of two new basins on the road.
“Right now they’ve gone from Fairfield to Jerome,” superintendent of public works Tom Rini said during the regular meeting of the village board Wednesday night at village hall. “I anticipate they’ll go from Jerome to Rath Avenue and then get the new basins installed, make the connections to the old and that will be the upgrades onto Bruce Terrace.”
The contractor will then move to install the drainage pipe which will run from Liberty Avenue from the ball field to the new recharge basin “in order to make sure that I have the use of that field for the spring,” Rini said. “I’m trying to front-load that where I can at least get that pipe installed, get the headwall installed in the recharge basin and then bring it out and bulkhead it at Liberty Avenue and then go back to Dow Avenue and get started so as to not disrupt the use of our field so they can get the spring season in with as little disruption as possible.”
Ground was broken on the project last month on the Town of North Hempstead’s third of the project, which covers the recharge basin on the property north of Westbury Avenue just to the east of Bruce Terrace.
“This is the first part of the project that the residents will actually see,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said. “They’re actually going to see some relief here.”