Six Months Past Original Promised Finish

Emergency Access Road Behind Octagon Nears Completion

Only the final faux grass paving remains before completion and the fences come down.
Only the final faux grass paving remains before completion and the fences come down.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

According to workers on the scene, the eyesore that's diminished the pleasures of West Promenade north of Octagon Field will be gone in two weeks. A grass-paved emergency access road for the City's Water Tunnel #3 project enters its final phase.

A promised completion date in the spring that would've opened barbecue and picnic areas to the waterfront for the summer season passed without any notices and, worse, no work in process. Picnic tables and grills the City promised to relocate were instead trapped behind ugly construction fences. 

Emergency Access Road Behind Octagon Nears Completion
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The Sabrina statue, too, was left within the work area, wrapped up tightly and looking, from the restricted view available, like the famous statue of Balzac, miniaturized and with its head shrunk.

The emergency access road is expected to be used rarely, if ever, and you might wonder why it's even necessary for a project that, according to a sign at its main entrance between the community gardens and Pony Field, was supposed to be finished last June. But that rationale's never been given.

In August, the contractor began work again, assumedly after a rumored labor dispute was settled. (A RIOC representative told us, off the record, that s/he knew the whole story but, opaque as usual, could not tell.)

A new date for completion was set of "October," but that's going to be missed too. 

A sturdy base for the faux grass covering, intended to blend with the park area, appears done. 

Best estimate for a finish?

"Two weeks," a worker told me. That would take us into early November.

"Then, this fence will come down?"

"Yeah."

With RIOC's seawall reconstruction project advanced northward past Manhattan Park, by the time spring comes around, grilling and getting together with refreshing river views should be back, better than ever.

Nice.

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