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Resurfacing of Cross Bay Blvd. has begun

Rough riding until end of September

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Thu Sep 19, 2019.

Sort of by surprise, the repaving of Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach began this week.

Officials of the city Department of Transportation had been telling civic leaders in Howard Beach it did not expect to start the $2.1 million project until October.

But last Monday, several weeks ahead of schedule, signs began going up on the boulevard warning drivers that anyone parking on the 10-lane road overnight would be towed.

Massive milling machines, which pull up the old asphalt and prepare the roadway for a new surface, showed up just before sundown and went to work.

The entire nine-block length of the boulevard, from 156th Avenue to the foot of the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge at 165th Avenue, is set to be torn up and repaved.

Repaving will also be done on Cross Bay in Broad Channel on the south side of the bridge.

Council member Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who obtained the funding, estimated that the repaving project will be finished by the beginning of October.

That means drivers may have to endure rough road for two weeks or more.

Betty Braton, chairwoman of Coummunity Board 10, said last week that she had been assured by DOT officials that the repaving would not affect the configuration of the boulevard.

“No parking spaces will be lost, no bus lanes are coming in,” she told members of CB 10 at its monthly meeting last week.

The only noticeable change will be some rubber stanchions installed near crosswalks where cars make left-hand turns.

“Cross Bay Boulevard is the busiest corridor in my district,” she said. “We are making a critical investment in the physical infrastructure of our community.

“I look forward to seeing the work once it is completed in October. I think everyone will agree it is taxpayer money well spent.”

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