2010-06-25 / Top Stories

Common Senseless BCD Gridlock

By Nicholas Briano

Traffic, on Monday morning, approaching Beach 116 Street along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. DOT shut down the eastbound lanes on Beach Channel Drive from Beach 116 Street to Beach 108 Street, causing heavy gridlock. Traffic, on Monday morning, approaching Beach 116 Street along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. DOT shut down the eastbound lanes on Beach Channel Drive from Beach 116 Street to Beach 108 Street, causing heavy gridlock. In order to repave Beach Channel Drive between Beach 116 Street and Beach 108 Street, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) shut down both eastbound lanes of Rockaway’s main thoroughfare for the entire day on Monday. The long lines of traffic caused delays, especially from the Marine Parkway Bridge. Residents reported taking more than an hour to drive eastbound from the bridge to Beach 108 Street.

Considering there are just two main roads on the western end of the peninsula, Community Board District Manager Jonathan Gaska repeatedly asked DOT to plan the repairs accordingly, weeks before the expected start date. After numerous phone calls to DOT on Monday, Community Board 14 asked that one lane remain open in each direction the following day, which DOT did, and alleviated the traffic caused by Monday’s construction and lane closures.

Phone calls to The Wave came in all day from angry residents concerned that in the event of an emergency, appropriate personnel would not be capable of responding because traffic was at a virtual standstill. Area schools also reported many students and teachers arriving up to an hour late for school Monday morning, including P.S. 105 that had their eighth-grade graduation ceremony scheduled that morning, as well.

The Wave directed questions at DOT asking for repair schedules and alternate construction planning, but those questions went unanswered.

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