Dear Editor (Queens Chronicle):
(An open letter to the city Department of Transportation)
I am a resident of Long Island City and live on Vernon Avenue, which of course is the “main street.” I am writing to inform you that Vernon Avenue is in a terrible state of disrepair. This is not just normal or even abnormal winter damage. It was like this last fall, only now cars and trucks are kicking up pebbles (that fleck cars, chipping paint) and loads of dust (which billow up into all the surrounding apartments).
I think it’s time for a resurfacing. The boulevard is way past selective pothole patches. It has gone “third-world” and looks like the surface of the moon. There’s a bicycle lane too, and cyclists must take their chances with the deep ruts.
I have also discovered that Vernon from 44th Drive to 50th Drive is designated a truck route. Why are we having big trucks running down our main street? Why can’t trucks be diverted from Vernon at 44th Drive to 11th Street? The trucks, in avoiding the poor road conditions, tend to downshift and run their gears. This is very noisy at night and in the mornings. The sound literally sets off car alarms. Empty trucks make even more noise when they bounce over the potholes, their drivers zooming along carefree with empty loads.
I was told by a representative of the Queens DOT to write a written request. I was also informed that the likelihood of resurfacing Vernon was slim, due to other works underway. My question is, at what point does a road necessitate a resurfacing? I don't think it is safe to let this go much longer.
Long Island City