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.