On May 31, Councilman Robert Holden blasted DOT officials in a statement for the paint removal project, which will run until the end of August, on Hamilton Place, Grand Avenue and 69th Street in Maspeth.
According to the councilman, constituents have said construction has taken place as late as 2 a.m., and residents fear that the noise will continue for another three months.
Though DOT has already added noise abatement measures, Holden said DOT notified former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley about the project, but not him.
“This is yet another failing on the part of DOT to adequately communicate with the local community about its projects,” he said. “DOT is putting traffic above the quality of life for residents.
“I have concerned constituents losing three to four hours of sleep a night,” Holden added.
Maspeth resident Steven Leszczynski said he’s concerned about the “tremendous amount of noise” coming from the project. He also still has fears about possible lead being released into the air.
“My main concern is the air quality,” Leszczynski said. “Lead is not good.”
A spokesperson said in March 2017 DOT sent community notifications about this work to then-councilwoman Crowley.
“While it is not our practice to reissue these notifications when there is elected official turnover, we will look into doing so in the future,” the spokesperson said. “Councilman Holden did however receive, as did all stakeholders, the notice of lane closures associated with the work.”
The spokesperson said upon receiving noise complaints, DOT met with the contractor and made a number of changes, including installing acoustical barriers and adding additional sound blankets.
“In addition, the contractor was granted an additional hour for the two-lane closure in order to expedite the work,” the spokesperson said.