Massive infrastructure project presents challenges

A massive infrastructure project underway in the Bronx hasn't been without challenge.



Anyone who's been around Southern Boulevard and Jennings Street recently may have noticed that it's being torn up as part of a $46 million city project to replace sewers, sidewalks and curbs.



Franco Mesiti, of the Department of Design and Construction, which is managing the project, says maintaining existing traffic and people's abilities to run their businesses while construction is ongoing can be tricky. But once it's finished, he says, it'll be worth it.



Crews are replacing about 2 miles of water mains, some of which date back to the early 1900s.



Other challenges include relocating electric and gas facilities ahead of the project.



Mesiti says there is a community liason working with businesses near the work to try to alleviate any problems.



The projected started in 2015 and was originally slated to be done by 2018. However, it may not be completed until 2019 due to the unforseen challenges.


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