Belgian Block Reconstruction to Begin This Week

(Photo by Brandon King)

From the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and Dumbo Improvement District:

Beginning the week of May 4, 2009, and continuing for approximately 1-2 weeks, the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will be excavating test pits along Water Street between Old Fulton and Washington streets and along Washington Street between Plymouth and York streets. Please note that this work is contingent upon the contractor receiving street permits from the NYC Department of Transportation; should permits not be issued next week, the work will be rescheduled. Advance notice of the rescheduled work will be provided.

Why is this Work being Done?
This work is being performed in advance of the Water Street Reconstruction Project and will allow DDC to identify the location of existing sub-surface infrastructure and utility hardware. The information gathered from the test pits will be used to determine the location of the new trunk water main. Please note: All test pit excavations will be restored upon completion.

Community Impacts during Test Pit Excavations
The following are temporary impacts while the work is being performed:
Each work location will be active for only 1-3 days;
Parking may be restricted in certain locations;
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Thank-you for your cooperation as we rebuild Brooklyn’s infrastructure.

For more information, please contact DDC’s Office of Community Outreach and Notification at 718-391-2347. Outside of work hours call 311 or visit the NYCDDC web site at

{City to cobble together DUMBO streets, 13Jan2009, Brooklyn Paper}