By Paula Katinas
Bay Ridge — It’s taking longer than originally anticipated to fix the 92nd Street sinkhole, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who said he is considering holding a public meeting to calm local residents’ jittery nerves.
“I’m looking to have everybody — residents and merchants — come down to a meeting, maybe next week, so we can explain to people that this thing is very involved,” Golden said.
Progress has been made with the repairs, but the work still has weeks to go, Golden said.
The city’s Department of Environmental Protection is installing an emergency sewer underneath the street. The sinkhole, which developed in front of 278 92nd St. on June 28, was caused by a rupture in the sewer line.
“They’ve gone down about 70 feet, but they might have to go down another 20 feet,” Golden said. “The residents are getting impatient. They’re wondering why the whole thing isn’t fixed yet.”
Councilman Vincent Gentile announced on his Facebook page that he will indeed hold a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 6, with DEP officials to discuss the progress of the repair work. The meeting will take place in the community room at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, at 7 p.m.
The block of 92nd Street between Ridge Boulevard and Third Avenue has been closed to vehicular traffic in the weeks following the sinkhole’s formation. The block has been reopened on the Ridge Boulevard side, but a large workspace for the repair project still takes up much of the corner of 92nd Street and Third Avenue. Workers were still operating a crane at the site Wednesday morning.
Eleven families on 92nd Street were evacuated when the sinkhole originally formed on June 28. They were allowed to return to their homes within a few hours after the safety of the area was secured.