Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-New City) and Senator David Carlucci (D-Nanuet) sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, Joan McDonald, concerning the recent flooding and closure of State Route 59 in West Nyack.
In the letter, Zebrowski and Carlucci requested that the Department of Transportation conduct a review of the recently completed project and the flooding that occurred over the past weekend. The flooding resulted in the road being closed for most of the day on Saturday, June 8, 2013.
The $31 million project, which was completed in October 2012, renovated Route 59 in West Nyack and included replacing aging bridge crossings, improving pedestrian safety and raising the road near the Palisades Mall by 18 inches. The raised road was an effort by the Department to mitigate flood occurrences that have plagued that stretch of Route 59.
“The area along Route 59 in West Nyack has been a major flooding problem for several years. During construction, the DOT assured me that the project was taking flood mitigations actions such as raising the road,” said Assemblyman Zebrowski. “The flooding this past weekend is extremely concerning. The DOT must review the project and make appropriate adjustments to avoid future flooding as we near the hurricane season.”
“The recent flooding along Route 59 raises serious questions and concerns over the success of the recent construction project. It is clear that a thorough review and detailed assessment is what’s needed to determine the cause of continued issues along this roadway,” stated Senator Carlucci. “I believe more must, and can, be done to alleviate the concerns of Rockland taxpayers who have invested heavily in the successful outcome of this project.”