Friday, November 14, 2008

Queens DOT Commissioner needs glasses

Part of a letter sent by Queens DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy to the Juniper Civic regarding a DOT project underway at 64th Street, Flushing and Grand Avenues meant to calm traffic and increase pedestrian safety for area schoolchildren:

"After construction began, I received a number of traffic congestion complaints from residents and from the principal of the school. I visited the site personally on Friday October 24th at 2:30pm and again at 4:30 pm. There was no traffic congestion on Grand Avenue at that time. There was, however, some congestion on Flushing Avenue - traffic may already be adjusting its patterns. One of my staff visited the site from 7:15 to 7:50 am on October 27th and another visited it on October 28th at 8:20 am; neither employee observed any congestion. We will also be adjusting the traffic signal timing in the near future. Please know that we will continue to monitor the site. Construction should be completed by the end of November when traffic should reach a steady state."

In other words, "What traffic?" How about this:




Backed up for blocks! This is an ongoing nightmare because DOT is still dragging its feet on implementing a truck rerouting program that has been on hold for years.

Tomorrow: The debacle that is the triangle reconfiguration project.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maura McCarthy doesn't have a clue. This woman is asleep at the wheel.

DOT STRIKES AGAIN said...

WE ALL NEED A LITTLE LESS OF MAURA.

Anonymous said...

A portent of what the free East River bridge crossings will look like if tolls are put in place!

Anonymous said...

Aren't those simply clients headed to Enchanted Florist?

Anonymous said...

All you have to do is plug in "grand ave. and flushing ave., ny" in Google maps and click streetview to see the amount of traffic.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight: McCarthy concedes that she received a number of complaints, including one from a principal, yet she is convinced that traffic has readjusted itself?

Anonymous said...

"A portent of what the free East River bridge crossings will look like if tolls are put in place"

Uh no, not at all. They will not be traditional toll boths, as has been explained an infinite number of times. Please pay attention next time.

Anonymous said...

Someone grab Ms. McCarthy and bring her to Grand Spectacle on Grand Avenue. She needs an eye examination immediately. Traffic is getting worse and worse. She doesn't have a clue. Time for her to get out from behind her desk and spend a couple of hours watching the traffic creep by.

Anonymous said...

FYI - Iris was appointed by Guiliani, not Bloomberg. Yes, Bloomberg kept her on, unfortunately. But now we have Sadik-Khan, a much more qualified Commissioner to say the least!

Queens Crapper said...

How is she more qualified? Her traffic solutions are a joke.

Read this: Flatbush and Hanson parting ways

And this: Idiotic DOT takes a walk on the wide side

And of course, painting triangles green and pretending it's environmentally friendly.