Monday, June 15, 2009

Centreville still getting the shaft from DOT

From the Queens Chronicle:

When members of the Ozone Park Civic Association meet next Tuesday evening to discuss — yet again — the ongoing saga that has become Centreville’s HWQ411B street construction project, President Howard Kamph will not be holding his breath for good news, or much news at all.

Throughout his civic career, Kamph has endured 25 years of start-and-then-stop action when it comes to the project, which calls for the reconstruction of all streets, sidewalks, curbs and pedestrian ramps along 28 blocks in Ozone Park.

Since 1984, the Departments of Design and Construction and Transportation have provided myriad explanations for why the project has not been started yet, including difficulty acquiring property in the area and the latest excuse: that the residents on Bristol Street do not want their road redone. Kamph says excuses are not good enough.

“I call this the ghost project of the DOT,” he said. “We’re frustrated with useless meetings and projects that never get done. All I can say is: if they were working for Donald Trump, they all would have been fired.”

Residents and community organizers say the area’s streets are dangerous and neglected. HWQ411B, which calls for the replacement of water mains and sanitary sewers, also includes plans to construct new storm sewers, an urgent fix in a neighborhood that suffers from an overwhelming flooding problem.

Hey, why not go directly to the top?

Monday, June 15, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Queens Civic Congress Regular Meeting: City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (from 7:15 - 8:00 p.m.)
Union Plaza Care Center, 33-23 Union Street, [five blocks north of Northern Boulevard]

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