2012-09-21 / Community

Work Together To Reduce Construction Congestion

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder recently sent a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation requesting that the state agency act as an intermediary to oversee other city and state agency infrastructure projects throughout Rockaway in order to improve communication and efficiency and keep our already congested roadways open.

“There’s a lot of planning that goes into state and city funded improvement projects, but there’s a significant lack of communication between these same agencies,” said Goldfeder. “Everyone is performing necessary and important work, but when they don’t communicate and multiple roads are closed it increases already long commutes and puts residents in danger.”

Currently, there is no agency that oversees and coordinates operations of city and state infrastructures development projects on the peninsula. As a result, many of these projects occur at the same time and take place within close proximity of each other. Due to a lack of communication, multiple major roadways are blocked and residents have to experience longer commutes or face confusing detour alternatives.

“Its time for one agency to talk to another and not leave us out in the cold,” District Leader Lew M. Simon said. “We are calling upon various city and state agencies involved in construction and capital improvements to notify the Rockaway community of their projects through either advertising in local newsgroups such as The Wave or Rockaway Point News, or display of the projects online to show where traffic will be impeded.”

According to the New York State Department of Transportation guiding principles, it is their mission to ensure those who live, work and travel in New York State have a safe, efficient, balanced and environmentally sound transportation system. The Department of Transportation is the only appropriate agency to manage communication and work closely with other agencies to improve their performance and reduce any confusion on capital projects.

Due to Rockaway’s geographical isolation, it has only three main arteries: Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Freeway that allow travel from east to west across the peninsula. Recently, the MTA has been updating the ‘A’ subway line which often leads to the closure of Rockaway Beach Boulevard, while the Department of Design and Construct, Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection are each working at the same time on Rockaway’s other two main arteries, Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Freeway, added Goldfeder.

“All the work that is being done is necessary and important for the improvement and growth of Rockaway and I commend the agencies for their hard work,” Goldfeder said. “I am asking for the NYS Department of Transportation to intervene and bring some common sense to the process by coordinating with all our agencies in an effort to keep our roadways clear and our families safe.”

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