From the Daily News:
Astoria residents, tired of the heavy trucks that rumble through their streets in search of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, have made a seemingly simple request to state transportation officials.
They want the Grand Central Parkway opened up to trucks for the seven-tenths of a mile between the end of the
But the hurdles are high.
It would take an act of law, state approvals and construction to get the plan rolling because commercial traffic is banned from parkways.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who supports the proposal, said city transportation officials have embraced the idea even though it would involve some unusual construction work on the highway.
The roadbed of the Grand Central Parkway would have to be lowered about six inches to allow trucks clearance under the 31st St. overpass.
"The trucks can fit there now, but they don't have the required safety clearance," Vallone said.
Although the work sounds complicated, Vallone said he was told it could be completed in one weekend.
Gianaris said he believes the state Legislature would pass the law to open up the parkway if the state Department of Transportation gave its blessing.
State DOT officials said yesterday they were reviewing the proposal.