Spring brings potholes, and a struggle to resurface them
by Matthew Bultman
Mar 23, 2010 | 1614 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A stretch of Flushing Avenue in Ridgewood is in terrible shape, as are streets in Maspeth's Industrial Business Zone, and elsewhere across the Community Board 5 district.
For New Yorkers the arrival of spring means two things: baseball and potholes. With baseball season nearly two weeks away, potholes have become the more urgent issue.

It isn’t uncommon to see commuters throughout Queens zigzagging down streets to avoid the major holes left behind after the winter season. Any driver will say there are many stretches of road in need of attention.

In an effort to repair the most damaged sections, Community Board 5 will make a recommendation to the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) in the upcoming days, giving their suggestions as to which streets are most in need of resurfacing and repair.

According to Gary Giordano, the district manager of CB5, the following locations are on the board's list of recommendations for resurfacing, or are being considered for the list: Eliot Avenue, between 67th Street and Woodhaven Boulevard; Juniper Boulevard North, between 75th and 80th streets; Flushing Avenue, between 56th Street and the Brooklyn border; and Maspeth Avenue, and other streets, that run through the Maspeth Industrial Business Zone (IBZ).

Giordano said the list changes as the Department of Transportation (DOT) completes more work. Sections of roadway "are added on and taken off as they get done," he said. "This is something that is ongoing."

Giordano said the amount of resurfacing that can be done within the CB5 district depends on the amount of funding allocated to the district by DOT.

DOT officials said that since July of last year, the department has filled 65,030 potholes throughout Queens. While the number may seem significant, there are a total of 251,000 that are in need of attention.

According to DOT financial documents, the city simply will not have funds to cover and resurface every damaged street throughout the borough. The transportation department would not say how much resurfacing funding is coming CB5's way.

In the meantime, drivers will continue to see scenes similar to that on an industrial stretch of Flushing Avenue in Ridgewood, near the border with Brooklyn. There, cars can’t help but run into a 100-yard stretch of road that looks more like a war zone than a busy commuter street. Potholes litter the area, making travel a rough and bouncy affair.

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