Patchogue/East Patchogue, NY – – Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro and Councilman Neil Foley have announced the recent completion of a paving project that involved extensive drainage work in East Patchogue.
Crews installed a new stormwater drainage system at the end of South Dunton Avenue, eliminating an existing outfall pipe into the Great South Bay. In addition to South Dunton Avenue, new drains and pipes were installed on Hampton Street, Clinton Avenue, Rod Street, Reel Street and Yacht Street. These drains are all connected to a new, expanded pond system which is piped to the end of South Dunton Avenue into a bioretention area that flows into the Bay. In addition to the drainage work, the Town raised all roads previously mentioned, as well as Lake Street, Paris Street, Pike Street and Pine Street, to meet the FEMA projection for sea level rise in 30 years. Following the completion of this drainage project, all 10 roadways were resurfaced. The total cost for this paving project was approximately $1.25 million.
“The high water table, coupled with weather issues, was challenging for crews working to complete this project,” said Superintendent Losquadro. “However, the bioswale is working as it was intended, eliminating the severe flooding experienced on these roadways following a heavy rainstorm. In addition, it is preventing storm runoff from entering the Bay. It is a win-win for community members and the environment.”
Councilman Foley said, “Thanks to Superintendent Losquadro and the Highway Department, the newly paved roads and infrastructure improvements are now protecting our environmentally sensitive wetlands throughout this community. The successful completion of this project will lead to work in other locations that could benefit from the same improvements.”
“We’ve had three large rainfalls and the roads are dry,” said Jacquelyn Schwicke, president of the Miramar Beach Civic Association. “There is new wildlife (egrets and other waterfowl) in the bioswale. New plantings should prevent erosion. Removal of asphalt allows for drainage and filtering road runoff of pollutants.
“It is a forward-thinking project and we are grateful that the Town embraced the concepts,” Schwicke said.
Daniel P. Losquadro * Highway Superintendent
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