The section of road at the intersection of Hazen Street and Ditmars Boulevard has frequently been a problem for Astoria pedestrians and drivers.
“It becomes a problem regularly,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria). “It’s a road frequently driven by trucks and cars which causes it to be torn up with potholes that become unsafe.”
As a result of a number of residents reaching out to Gianaris to express concern regarding the lack of safety at this location due to poor pavement conditions, he pushed the Department of Transportation and improvements have already been made.
“I’m happy with the work done so far but there are still more repairs to come,” Gianaris said. “We’ll see how long it takes but I am happy that the DOT responded as quickly as it did.”
According to Gianaris’ office, seniors worry they could trip and fall on the bumpy roadway and drivers have expressed concern about difficulty approaching the Grand Central Parkway, located one block away.
“It is unacceptable for seniors to be afraid to walk in their own neighborhood or for drivers to be wary of damaging their cars due to poorly paved roads,” Gianaris said. “I am glad the DOT listened to our community and is taking steps to remedy this problem as quickly as possible.”
As of now, potholes have been filled and plans for the road to be resurfaced have been put in place by the DOT. There is no date slated for the construction to be completed.
For the future, Gianaris said he would like the roadway to be resurfaced regularly rather than have to request repairs to be made when conditions become unbearable.
“There needs to be some kind of maintenance schedule,” he said. “I’m glad we got a quick response and I hope we stay on track but having a regular schedule for maintenance would help greatly.”