Victoria Saparata is happy the city Department of Transportation filled the pothole in front of her home on 149th Avenue in Ozone Park, but she’s not so thrilled with the job it did.
The patch job covered the gaping hole in the street near her driveway, but the asphalt used has now turned to pebble-like pieces and is strewn all over the street like broken glass.
“The street is now just a big mess,” she said.
The small shards of hardened tar are not only scattered in front of Saparata’s home and driveway, but can be found across the street and down the block, almost to Centreville Street. Cars race down the stretch, which is part of an important route often used by drivers heading from Cross Bay Boulevard to Rockaway Boulevard trying to avoid the busy Cross Bay-Rockaway-Liberty Avenue intersection. Saparata said she can often hear the awful grinding noise made when cars drive over the gravel. One of Saparata’s neighbors who also said he hears the noise described it as sounding like “offroading in the woods.”
Saparata said her husband doesn’t want to park his car in front of the house because it would require driving over the mess. She added that her husband, Ed, called 311 and also filed a complaint with Community Board 10.
According to CB10’s files, a pothole was filled in front of the location, but the patch job was damaged by rainy weather immediately after it was filled. It is common for that type of situation to arise, especially in summer when sudden storms develop without warning. The complaint from Saparata was received by CB10, and the board notified the DOT of the problem on Feb. 22.
But DOT spokeswoman Nicole Garcia said the agency has not received any complaints about the site since 2010.
“We are planning to inspect the location, and address it, if needed,” she said.