2011-01-14 / Editorial/Opinion

Rockaway Road Conditions Need Attention

The mayor’s year-end report crows that the roads and streets in New York City are better cleaned and better repaired than ever before. He can’t be talking about Rockaway. It has become virtually impossible to drive comfortably on any of the eastwest roads that traverse the peninsula. There are potholes, craters, construction bumps and barriers throughout the peninsula that make driving a nightmare. For example, take Beach Channel Drive between Beach 60 Street and Beach 73 Street. Please! We understand that the construction of sewers on that stretch of road has proved challenging, but the road is so bad that motorists no longer use that stretch of road unless their destination lies in that area. It is virtually impossible to drive more than ten miles an hour without destroying your front end. That is unacceptable, as are the other potholes and trenches that dot the peninsula, some of which have been with us for years, if not decades. The recent blizzard has not helped at all. The ice and snow only exacerbated the existing problem, creating several new craters. It is time for the Department of Transportation to stop painting bicycle lanes on every available roadway and to get to work repairing the roads.

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Driving along Beach Channel

Driving along Beach Channel Drive is akin to riding west in a covered wagon. The political representatives and heads of city agencies, DOT, responsible for road conditions should be named and held accountable for the neglect and condition of the roads in Far Rockaway. This is yet another symptom of the Rockaways being split in two by political representation. Far Rockaway politicians do not properly represent the needs of the community because the overall percentage of voter impact to the larger political district is too small to care about. The Rockaway Peninsula should have one council person, one senator, one congressman. Divided and conquered for years. city politicians don't like or bother coming out here, especially on public transportation. The important thing is, though, that the tourists are going to Broadway Shows. Nero plays his fiddle while Rome burns...let them eat cake, etc. This is textbook, it is so sickening. Drive on Beach Channel Drive between 73rd and 50th Street and you will see first hand. Don't forget to pick up your fillings when the ride is over!

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