Donning neon yellow vests and flanked by construction workers happy to take a short break from toiling in last week’s heat wave, city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said the paving work being done throughout South Queens will bring much-needed relief to an area that has long suffered from deep potholes and uneven roadways.
“We’re turning up the heat on our community operations here,” Sadik-Khan said at a press conference held last Thursday on 101st Avenue near 80th Street in Ozone Park.
The commissioner, who was joined by Queens DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy and Deputy Commissioner of Roadway Repair and Maintenance Galileo Orlando, said the department is paving 300 miles of roadway in Queens, including 40 miles in community districts 9 and 10.
“In Queens, we’ve also filled 52,000 potholes, including 8,700 in community boards 9 and 10,” Sadik-Khan said. “That’s a lot of potholes —and a lot of paving.”
Ulrich has been urging the DOT for the past two years to conduct work in South Queens — much of which has not undergone major paving for more than two decades.
“Most of the time we’re complaining about things, but today we say thank you,” Ulrich laughed. “ … After a lot of time and frustration, people are happy it’s finally being done. The whole neighborhood is being transformed.”
A number of streets —which Ulrich called “some of the worst in our community boards” — are being repaved, or have been already, including 101st Avenue from Drew Street to 88th Street, 103rd Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard to Liberty Avenue, 106th Street from Park Lane South to Jamaica Avenue, 102nd Road from 84th Street to 90th Street, 90th Street from Rockaway Boulevard to Liberty Avenue, and 80th Street from 101st Avenue to Liberty Avenue, among many others.
“This is more work than has ever been done before” in the district, Ulrich said.
Elsewhere in Queens, DOT officials said they will begin resurfacing on July 9 Queens Boulevard between 58th Street and 65th Place, Woodhaven Boulevard between Myrtle Avenue and Union Turnpike, and Northern Boulevard between Bell Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway.