The city Department of Transportation is looking to change a traffic pattern in Maspeth, so that trucks can no longer take shortcuts to Brooklyn along Grand and Flushing Avenues near the Long Island Expressway and put residents' lives in danger.
“Things don’t happen overnight even though we want them to happen overnight. And I can understand the frustration,” said Congress Member Joseph Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx).
Overnight? It's been 10 freaking years! Here's some background from the Times Newsweekly...
As previously reported in this paper, the bypass plan was formed in 2000 through the input of the late [Frank] Principe, the former chairperson of Board 5, and [Tony] Nunziato. In 2005, then-DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall agreed in principle with local civic leaders to the idea, and the bypass was also suggested in a citywide truck route study completed in 2007.