Downtown Flushing is hard enough to navigate with all the buses, people and general congestion, but add to that the poor condition of the streets and it becomes even more than problematic.
Dian Yu, executive director of the Downtown Flushing Business Improvement District, says the numerous potholes and uneven pavement along bumpy Main Street are actually interfering with business. “The conditions discourage people from coming downtown and it doesn’t look good,” Yu said on Monday.
Conditions a couple of weeks ago were so bad that southbound traffic was backed up to Northern Boulevard because cars were trying to avoid the deep crevices, one Chronicle reader reported.
Community Board 7 called the city Department of Transportation last Thursday to report the conditions and on Sunday a crew was out filling in some of the potholes.
But Yu believes the problem goes deeper than that. “I just met with the DOT and particularly pointed out Main Street and 37th Avenue, which is in horrible condition,” he said. “The pothole there looks like a crater.”
Although he said the agency was cooperative, Yu thinks Main Street needs a complete overhaul. “Lots of work needs to be done,” he said. “The road is old and needs a total repavement.”
He noted that there are 21 bus routes in the downtown area and the uneven roadway is not good for them, adding, “It’s also hard on pedestrians crossing the street.”
Gene Kelty, chairman of CB 7, said he was surprised the DOT hadn’t been more proactive. “You’d think even the MTA would complain to them,” Kelty said.
Yu knows the major problem is financing a major repaving. He said he is working with Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) on trying to secure funding.