Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Triangle hell: 3rd time's a charm?

Back in September 2010, I told you the tale of the DOT triangle project at 64th Street and Flushing Avenue in Maspeth that had to be redone because trucks that were being discouraged from traveling through the intersection were having a hard time turning (yeah, I know that doesn't make any sense). Well, the trucks are still having a hard time turning, so that hasn't changed. The streets were changed from thru to local truck routes on March 25, 2011, but NYPD failed to enforce the new regs as promised because they said DOT's new signs weren't noticeable enough (yeah, I know that doesn't make any sense, either).
Here we are 7 months later and the triangle is being redone YET AGAIN because the contractor poured faulty concrete that needs to be replaced.
Just thought you'd all like to see your tax dollars at work.


Anonymous said...

This is the biggest BS intersection I have seen.

Grab a lawn chair and wait for the next accident.

Anonymous said...

I live at that intersection and watched them redo it last week thinking, WTF? The traffic down Flushing Ave has gotten worse, the turn from 64AV coming from the bank is tight in a car, can't imagine in a tractor trailer. The sign at the drive thru bank keeps getting knocked down by trucks making the turn too tight.
And lastly, the truck traffic coming from 64th st to Flushing is getting worse. Everyday there is an issue with 53' tractor trailers trying to make the turn from 56DR to 64st to get to Flushing Ave.

Which makes me think, aren't these large trailers illegal in NYC any way?

Anonymous said...

Yes, 53' trailers are illegal except for on certain interstates, but this is not enforced. If it were enforced it would be a tremendous wrench in the wheels of commerce in this city. Much, if not most of the goods that come into this city come in on 53' trailers, as it is pretty much the standard size in the trucking industry.