It seems the Mayor has an ambitious Vision Zero plan where the Department of Transportation is constructing pedestrian plazas, traffic-calming measures and bike lanes, but forgot a very basic safety measure in Maspeth, namely painting lines to mark lanes.
If you drive on both sides of the Long Island Expressway's service roads from 58th Street to 74th Street you'll notice there are no lines. They were worn off after last winter from the snow and salt and plowing.
I noticed this in the spring, and figured that any day DOT would come around and paint the lines, but nothing. On September 5, I finally wrote DOT and said this is a very busy area where thousands of cars and trucks travel every day and goes right thru the busiest parts of Maspeth.
After not seeing any work done and not hearing from the DOT, I finally called on November 16 and a person told me that they will respond to my letter by the end of the month, and that if they don't get to doing the work this year before the winter sets in they will most likely get to it in the spring.
Recently, the DOT was painting bike lanes around the neighborhood, which is all well and good if it makes our streets safer, but as a driver I would really like to know where the lanes are.
I'm sure other drivers feel the same, especially when you are driving next to an 18-wheel tractor-trailer in rush hour traffic.
I asked the person from DOT if there are inspectors that observe the streets that need repainting and I was told no, they mainly rely on people like myself to inform them of problems. Most people either don't care or don't notice problems and would never think of notifying a city agency.
When the Mayor talks of Vision Zero, does he mean they don't see the problem and are in no hurry to fix it?