Markey said in meetings the Department of Transportation (DOT) has indicated it could make a final recommendation on implementation of the plan as early as October.
The DOT held a public discussion on its current, on-going study of truck traffic issues in Maspeth January 26, after this paper went to press. The forum seemed to be another strong indication the project is moving forward.
In a statement released after a meeting with Maura McCarthy, the Queens borough Transportation commissioner, that took place before the public discussion, Markey said she was confident “a decade of pressure and lobbying by elected officials” for reduced truck traffic through residential Maspeth is finally paying off.
“At long last, there is a successful end in sight to a decade of frustration about the city’s failure to implement a solution to the long-standing concerns about truck traffic through residential and retail areas of Maspeth,” Markey said.
Markey said the DOT is considering several options - including a 2001 Community Board 5 proposal - to mitigate the impact of truck traffic on the streets of Maspeth, where residents have harbored long-standing concerns over noise and pollution.
The DOT study described in depth at the public discussion was started in 2007 at a cost of $150,000, according to Markey. She said it has focused on major intersections along Grand, Flushing, and Maurice avenues, among other locations.