INWOOD — The long-awaited overhaul of the West 215th step-street has been contracted out, DNAinfo New York has learned — clearing one of the final hurdles for repairs to finally begin some time in September.
The city Department of Design and Construction awarded a $2.5 million contract to reconstruct the crumbling steps, which link Broadway and Park Terrace East at West 215th Street, to Queens-based Acme Skillman Concrete Co. in June, city documents show.
The renovations are expected to last about 17 months, said DDC spokesman Craig Chin.
"Construction is anticipated to start in September 2013 and end in December 2014," Chin said via email.
The current step street is plagued by cracked stairs and poor drainage, which leads to flooding during rains and ice in the winter. Residents and politicians have been trying to get the steps repaired since 1999.
The reconstruction will provide the steps with new, benches, planters, bike channels and an improved drainage system, Chin said.
In addition, the step's lampposts will be rehabilitated. The existing steps will be demolished to make way for the revamped pathway, but Chin has previously stated that the DDC would work to ensure pedestrian access throughout the construction process.