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Apr 17, 2019 9:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Construction Is Underway On First Piece Of Westhampton Beach's Main Street Reconstruction Project

Robert Governale with the frac tanks that are used to store groundwater and filter out physical impurities and some chemicals. ANISAH ABDULLAH
Apr 17, 2019 10:23 AM

Westhampton Beach officials recently began the $1.2 million first phase of the village’s Main Street reconstruction project to improve its deteriorating stormwater drainage system.

The work entails installing two hydrodynamic separators underneath a parking lot located behind 103 and 105 Main Street, where Brunetti Pizza and Fahrenheit 451 are located, as well as replacing an underground brick culvert between the two buildings that drains stormwater from throughout the village into the canal leading out to Moniebogue Bay.

Village Mayor Maria Moore and Deputy Mayor Ralph Urban said they were happy the work started but will be even happier once it is done. The village’s goal is to have construction complete and that portion of the parking lot re-opened by Memorial Day weekend.

All remaining work for the Main Street project will take place in September after Labor Day, they said, consisting of the construction of two traffic circles, the burying of utility lines and the installation of new sidewalks.

The contractor, Wading River-based Excav Services Inc., began setting up construction equipment in a section of the rear parking lot in March and has been working since then.

Excav Services Inc. is in the process of excavating one of the holes for the hydrodynamic separators, which reduce the amount of sediment, grit and oil that flows into the water, according to the company’s owner, Robert Governale, who is overseeing the construction. The separators will require routine testing, but will likely need only cleaning every few years, Mr. Governale explained.

Once installation is complete in a couple of weeks, the crew will remove all construction and de-watering equipment and proceed with the alleyway work. Because the alleyway is so narrow, having only enough space for a walkway, workers will have to use hand equipment for that part of the project, Mr. Urban said.

The brick culvert underneath the alleyway is over 100 years old, and in very poor condition, Ms. Moore said. The plan is to remove the existing culvert and replace it with a 40-inch-wide reinforced concrete elliptical pipe. Small sections of the culvert run under the foundations of 103 and 105 Main Street, causing additional labor but will not affect the buildings’ structures.

The Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund is fully funding the $1.2 million price tag of the first phase of work. In total, the CPF program provided the village with $2,067,468 for all water quality improvement features of the Main Street project. The difference, $846,908, will go toward drainage improvements during the bulk of construction beginning in September, including the installation of permeable pavers along the new sidewalks, Mr. Urban said.

Ms. Moore said that the village has been responsive to resident concerns about the construction, given that it is obstructing numerous public parking spaces behind local businesses and residences.

As examples, she explained that they added three temporary handicap parking spots along Hulse Court because several handicap spots had to be removed in order to conduct the work. She also stressed their goal of being done by Memorial Day weekend—a high-revenue weekend for many village business owners—so that ample parking will be available for customers.

While progress is underway, Mr. Urban said that the Main Street reconstruction project still has a very long way to go.

“It feels like it hasn’t started yet because there’s so much left to do. There’s an enormous amount of coordination that is still needed. I think in September when they start breaking ground, that’s when I’ll feel it—I don’t know about everybody else,” he said, laughing.

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Maybe one day Hampton Bays will be treated like all the other hamlets. What a shame that HB is always the last.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Apr 17, 19 12:00 PM
I was at the Town Board meeting when they approved the additional monies from the CPF for this project. Ray D'Angelo, a resident of HB,brought up the issue that HB doesn't have the mechanism (Village) to apply to for the grant. The Town Board indicated that if the commercial property owners/business owners wanted such a project, they could go to the Town Board and one of them could sponsor such a project. The downtown cannot be developed without some sort of an I/A septic system.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Apr 17, 19 8:55 PM