Friday, June 15, 2012
Problem with wrong solution
From the Queens Chronicle:
Between 47th and 50th streets on Skillman Avenue, several trucks double-parked to unload — sometimes three trucks in a row — but traffic moved smoothly and residents did not seem to notice their presence early Tuesday morning.
However, a resident at the Community Board 2 meeting on June 7 said the truck traffic has become an issue, causing unwanted noise and air pollution.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) has been working on alleviating the problem.
“Queens Boulevard and Northern Boulevard are not too far away, and those roads are more appropriate for that kind of traffic,” he said Tuesday.
Van Bramer said he has reached out to the Department of Transportation asking them to place a “No Truck Route” sign at an appropriate location. He said his office has also contacted the 108th Precinct and the Queens North Traffic Enforcement Division with the hope of improving policing and traffic enforcement in the area.
A DOT spokesperson said in an email, “The truck routes and rules for truck activity are set forth in the City’s Traffic Rules, and no portion of Skillman Avenue is a designated truck route.”
If the problem is double parked trucks making deliveries, how will a "no truck route" sign help, Jimmy?