By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The good news for Bay Ridge residents, that the city had finally finished fixing the sinkhole on 92nd Street, has been quickly followed by bad news. The city is re-instating alternate side of the street parking regulations in the vicinity around the sinkhole site.
Alternate side regulations had been suspended to give residents and merchants on 92nd Street and the surrounding blocks a break from having to hunt for parking while the repair project was going on. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection had to dig 70 feet below ground to repair a tear in a 100-year-old sewer line that had caused the sinkhole to form on 92nd Street near Third Avenue.
Vehicle access to 92nd Street between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard was restricted during the repair project.
Officials at Community Board 10, who had requested the suspension of alternate side rules back in the summer, delivered the bad news Oct. 18 in the form of a letter to local residents and merchants along the Third Avenue shopping strip.
“The major portion of the work to repair the 92nd Street sewer tunnel has been completed, and 92nd Street is now open to traffic. Please note that Alternate Side of the Street parking regulations will be reinstated as of Monday, Oct. 22,” the letter states.
And just to reinforce the message, community board officials repeated the date further down in the letter.
“Therefore, street cleaning will return on 92nd Street from Colonial Road to Fourth Avenue and on Ridge Boulevard from 91st Street to 93rd Street. You will have to move your car during street cleaning hours beginning on Monday, October 22,” the letter states.
The repair project took more than three months to complete. The sinkhole formed back on June 28.Baord 10 Chairman Joanne Seminara announced the completion of the work on Oct. 15.
“We are pleased to report that D.E.P. has kept its promised timeline by repairing the 92nd Street collapse and filling in the street bed,” Seminara said.
During a town hall meeting in July, Deputy D.E.P. Commissioner James Roberts promised residents that the sinkhole would be repaired by the end of October.