Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Janette Sadik-Khan shakes a leg when media calls
A week before Mayor Bloomberg came to Queens Monday to announce a pedestrian safety program, residents say the city's Dept. of Transportation sent crews to fix a vexing pothole.
The hole was right next to the curb at 70th Road and Queens Boulevard, one of the city's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians.
Asked how long she'd been avoiding the 10 foot-long pothole, an elderly woman walking around it Tuesday responded "years." Phil Scalcione says he called 311 "two times last year and two more times this year." A DOT crew finally showed up last week to make repairs, to Scalcione's relief.
Make that temporary relief. But it was only three hours after a call to the transportation commissioner's spokesman -- from NBCNewYork -- that a DOT hole-filling crew and two supervisors arrived at 70th Road. Within a half hour the injury-inducing hole was history.