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.