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Street construction breeds frustration

Residents complain about stalled projects

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:59 am, Thu Sep 5, 2013.

Construction in Rego Park and Forest Hills is frustrating residents.

Over the past few weeks, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Design and Construction have begun a number of projects throughout the borough.

Many of them are typical street maintenance, but what’s really got neighbors frustrated is the lack of communication and respect from the city agencies

“They don’t tell us anything,” said one resident of Austin Street who asked to remain anonymous. “They say they’re coming one day and that’s all fine and good but then they don’t come. They tell us we can’t park on the street for so many days and then they don’t even do work on the street during those days. It’s unacceptably ridiculous.”

Because work continues to be pushed back, residents said that the city agencies don’t seem to care about inconveniencing the neighborhood.

Recently, work was done on 63rd Drive and Austin Street. For weeks there was limited parking and traffic buildup.

“They don’t care if they put us out for two weeks, it’s all the same to them,” Linda Hurst of Forest Hills said. “And when you ask the workers when they will start or finish the work, they’re always so rude. I understand they have a job to do and I understand there needs to be some work done but the attitude is so unnecessary. It’s so frustrating.”

Community Board 6 has been receiving a number of calls recently regarding street construction. Like Hurst and the Austin Street resident, the complaints have been regarding stalled construction and a lack of parking in areas that are already congested such as Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Elmhurst and Rego Park.

The DOT referred The Chronicle to the DDC for more information but neither agency responded to requests for comment.

“I hate to say this but I think it’s one of those issues that will just never be solved,” Hurst said. “No one cares to fix it.”

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