2007-03-30 / Community

Milling Work On BCD Ties Up Westbound Traffic

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

Traffic under the elevated structure, The Rockaway Freeway, was tied up for  more than a mile during the tie-up.Traffic under the elevated structure, The Rockaway Freeway, was tied up for more than a mile during the tie-up. A contractor started work without much warning on Thursday morning, creating a twenty-block traffic jam on all of the major east-west roadways on the peninsula.

The contract to mill Beach Channel Drive between Beach 92 Street and Beach 108 Street was let by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) was supposed to begin on Monday, April 2, according to Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska. He said that the community board got a fax late on Wednesday afternoon that the work would begin early.

Because of the work, traffic was backed up from Beach 73 Street to Beach 108 Street on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, the Rockaway Freeway and Beach Channel Drive.

One motorist was observed taking nearly 45 minutes to get from Beach 91 Street and Beach Channel Drive to Beach 91 Street and the Rockaway Freeway, the distance of about 100 yards.

Because police were not forewarned, traffic was snarled all along the major roadways.

Automobiles attempting to turn from the construction block on Beach Channel Drive to use the Rockaway Freeway found they had a long wait.Automobiles attempting to turn from the construction block on Beach Channel Drive to use the Rockaway Freeway found they had a long wait. Gaska said that the DDC would be milling Beach Channel Drive for the next few days and then the Department of Transportation would finish the work by repaving the strip between Beach 92 Street and Beach 108 Street. He added that the contractor could not utilize the eastbound roadway for two-way traffic because of bridge abutments for the Cross Bay Bridge, but the remainder of the work would allow the eastbound roadway to become one way in each direction to mitigate the tie-up.

After the work on Beach Channel Drive is completed, Gaska added, work to mill the stretch of Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 108 Street and Beach 149 would begin.

"We're finally getting this much-needed work done," Gaska said. "Motorists are going to have to allow more time because the roads are going to be impacted by the work."

He said that the city agencies promised him that they would give adequate notice to the community in the future before beginning work.

The tie-up was created when constructions crews began milling work on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92 Street.The tie-up was created when constructions crews began milling work on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92 Street. On Thursday, a police officer finally ordered the construction foreman to reopen the road and the jam quickly dissipated.


Police officers from the 100 Precinct were caught off guard by the work because the construction crew began several days before their scheduled start. Officers finally untied the knot by ordering that the road be opened.Police officers from the 100 Precinct were caught off guard by the work because the construction crew began several days before their scheduled start. Officers finally untied the knot by ordering that the road be opened.

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