Valley Stream Village officials last week reopened a one-block stretch of Valley Stream Boulevard with a newly constructed concrete culvert underneath.
The major construction project to remove and replace the 120-year-old culvert, on West Valley Stream Boulevard between Payan Avenue and Hicks Street, began in April and was completed last week.
The culvert allows the stream, named Valley Stream, to flow under Valley Stream Boulevard on its journey to Mill Pond.
The $2-million project is expected to come in “nicely under budget,” according to Valley Stream Mayor Edwin Fare, who on Friday drove a 30-ton fire truck over the just-built portion of the road.
“We now have a sound structure to allow the stream to pass under Valley Stream Boulevard, a beautifully constructed roadway, and a safe passageway for pedestrians traveling the area,” Fare said.
The project was extended to include reconstruction of the intersection of Hicks Street and Valley Stream Boulevard. The surrounding vicinity was also spruced up with new sidewalks, railings and plantings.
The street is a major east-west thoroughfare through the heart of the village that provides access to Village Hall, the village’s Waldinger Memorial Library and the Valley Stream train station.
“I want to thank our village residents for their patience during the construction of the culvert,” Fare said.