The current water main is more than 150 years old
The rebuilding of Fulton Street has already brought new utility infrastructure, sidewalks and roadway pavement to the half-mile between Church and Gold Streets. Now the city’s capital reconstruction of the historic street is stretching eastward to South Street, as well as on several adjacent streets.
Currently, city Department of Design and Construction crews are active in multiple areas as part of the Fulton Street Corridor Project:
- Fulton Street from Cliff to Water – utility reconstruction through fall 2011
- Nassau Street from Ann to Beekman – utility reconstruction through April 2011
- Nassau Street from John to Maiden Lane – utility reconstruction through June 2011
- Pearl Street at Fletcher – catch basin installation through mid-February 2011
By March, the next segment of work will begin on Fulton between South and Front streets, inside the South Street Seaport Historic District. Crews there will dig a 10-foot-wide trench that will allow a new 24-inch-wide water main to replace the existing main, which is more than 150 years old. The work will extend into the Fulton and South Street intersection for the water main connection to be completed. Construction is expected to be complete in that section by approximately late May 2011, when crews will restore the cobblestone street.
The next and final block of work on Fulton Street will be between Front and Water Street. More utilities, including Con Edison and New York City Transit ducts as well as the water main, will require trenches to be dug on the north and south sides of the roadway. That work is slated for October 2011 through spring 2012.
On Nassau Street, work is taking place in two areas through this spring, then will shift to two new and final segments on that street. Upcoming are:
- Nassau Street from Beekman to Spruce – utility reconstruction from April 2011 through appx. June 2011
- Nassau Street from John to Fulton – utility reconstruction from July 2011 through appx. December 2011
Final sidewalk and curb installation also will take place in warmer temperatures, through 2011, in areas along Pearl Street and Gold Street.
Pearl Street Playground, which occupies the triangle between Fulton, Pearl and Water, soon will be rebuilt by the Department of Parks & Recreation. Work includes closing Little Pearl Street to vehicles to form a pedestrian area that connects to the playground. It is expected to mobilize in April 2011 and continue for approximately one year.
Once the project is complete, the Fulton Street Corridor will be home to many improvements. Among them, the ‘priority commercial corridor’ will house underground new water mains, catch basins for better drainage, and upgraded utilities like electric, gas, and fiber-optic lines. From building line to building line, the sidewalks, granite curbs, lighting, bollards, and other streetscape components will be new.
To complement the reconstructed street, the city Economic Development Corporation’s Fulton Crossroads program is now underway. Over the coming years, the program lets city planners work with Fulton and Nassau Street building owners to create more unified storefronts and façades on the corridor. Several “Tier 1” partners began implementing changes to their shops on Nassau Street in January 2011.
|Rebuilding Pearl Street Playground is part of the scheduled work
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority also is performing work in the area as part of the Fulton Street Transit Center project. Their work areas are at Fulton and Broadway, and at Fulton and William Street, as well as on Dey and John Streets. Click here for more details on that work.