2012-07-13 / Letters

“Free Up” Shore Front Parkway

Dear Editor,

The time has come to open up all center divider road cuts and restore the extra lane each way on Shore Front Parkway, which was arbitrarily closed and removed by Queens Department of Transportation Commissioner Maura McCarthy about seven years ago; the reason for which is still unknown to me and done in a draconian fashion.

For me, a native New Yorker, college educated and with a reasonable degree of common sense, I cannot understand why this was done. What an inconvenience to drive around aimlessly and in traffic on Shore Front Parkway, and in some areas having to drive ten blocks to make a U-turn. In addition, back then, the D.O.T. promised to reconfigure the center dividers – but never did. M. McCarthy continues on as a Queens D.O.T. employee – where are you and your promise?

Plus, have you noticed the poor roadbed condition of S.F.P. and how most of the yellow/white lines are washed-out and faded. Why are drivers being ticketed for crossing yellow/ white lines that cannot be seen? What a farce!

With all the new “Rockawayites” moving in we need to “free up” as much of the roadways in Rockaway as possible.

I remember former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer’s statement in the May 13, 2011 Wave issue wherein she says, “I am thrilled that one of the last accomplishments of my 24-year tenure is the beautification of the Beach Channel Drive meridian.” Oh wow! However, such a “meridian” would have better served the community motorists if turned into turning lanes and utilized more practically as a roadway instead of a flower garden. Pheffer did nothing to stop the D.O.T.’s changes of SFP back then. I remember this very well. I ask everyone who lives on or uses Shore Front Parkway and agrees with me to contact your local representative and be vocal in this matter to correct the wrong once and for all! I have faxed this letter to all our elected representatives.

PAUL KOKKINIS

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