Supports Emergency Access to Water Tunnel 3 Project

Grass-paved road behind Octagon nears completion after delays

Updated 11 weeks ago David Stone
Grass-paved road behind Octagon nears completion after delays
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

"It's for emergency access only," the worker assigned to control the entrance gate told me. "Grass paved," he added. No question, it looked like the ugly construction fencing, blocking Octagon Park access to the waterfront was near its last days.

A trough extending from an entry point on Main Street where the pavement curls east to pass The Octagon to near a Water Tunnel 3 construction entrance has been dug. An earthen lip, around 18 inches deep, showed rich soil, still saturated by a summer heavy with rain.

Seen through a gap in the fence, The Octagon's popular Sabrina statue peaks out from under heavy plastic wraps.

Grass-paved road behind Octagon nears completion after delays
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Unidentified contractor issues delayed the city Department of Environmental Protection for finishing the project by its original completion date in the spring. Rainy weather has since added to the delays.

Ten foot high fencing on both sides of the intended path obstructed East River access and gobbled up grills and picnic tables all summer.

But that appears to be on its way out before winter winds whip up the East Promenade with its unique views of the skyline from Yorkville south to the United Nations.

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