City to fix sinkholes plaguing Shore Road Promenade

On the mend: Emanuel Giardina’s hands are still healing after he hit a Shore Road Promenade pothole on his bicycle.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

The city is finally going to shore up the Shore Road Promenade.

The parks department plans to fill in the minefield of sinkholes that keeps appearing on the promenade’s bike path in Bay Ridge, and locals say the fix can’t come soon enough.

“The promenade is collapsing. It’s frightening,” said Community Board 10 district manager Josephine Beckmann.

One cyclist said the holes once sent him head over handlebars.

“I was rubbing my eyes for not even two seconds, I hit the pothole, and that was it: I tumbled into a gate,” said Ridge cyclist Emanuel Giardina, who took a spill cut his hand during a spill on Oct. 19. “It’s amazing that they don’t do anything about it.”

The city last filled the fissures in 2007 when the situation was deemed an emergency, according to the parks department’s website. The project cost $9 million, Beckmann said.

But the sinkholes, some as deep as a foot, have come back, 27 of them by Beckmann’s count. The resurgence is likely due to the promenade’s aging bulkhead, which took a serious hit during Hurricane Sandy, Beckmann said.

“There has to be a relationship between Sandy and these cave-ins,” she said.

The potholes are so pervasive that fixing the promenade topped the community board’s list of capital budget priorities and requests for the 2016 fiscal year.

Several city agencies are now coming together to fix the underlying issue, according to a parks spokeswoman.

“Parks engineers are working with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation to explore the necessary steps to resolve the issue of sinkholes on Shore Road,” Meghan Lalor said.

Meanwhile, cyclists are missing the promenade’s breathtaking views to stave off road rash, Giardina said.

“We’ve got the best scenery and you can’t enjoy it, because the road is all potholed,” he said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeg‌er@cn‌gloca‌l.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Underlying condition: A recently filled hole is already sinking again. The community board’s district manager said the cave-ins are likely connected to broken sewer outfalls.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

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