An underpass in Howard Beach has been left in the dark for a little more than two weeks and one activist is frustrated with the Department of Transportation’s slow response to requests for temporary lighting at the site.
“It’s very annoying and it’s very upsetting,” said Joe Thompson, president of the Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol. “I don’t think it’s fair that these people didn’t react fast enough.”
The underpass at 84th Street below Shore Parkway went pitch black on Jan. 13, according to Thompson, who lives nearby.
He immediately filed a 311 complaint to have the lighting restored at the site, which he said is frequented by residents living in nearby co-ops and parishioners at St. Helen Church.
Thompson said he has received no follow-up reports on his original complaint, or an additional one he made a few days later.
“It’s completely pitch dark,” he said.
He said workers have been seen at the site working on the lighting, but that they have not succeeded in illuminating the underpass.