Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Forest Hills streets become truck parking lots
From CBS 2:
Forest Hills, Queens residents say their streets have become an illegal rest stop.
As CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported, the neighbors said tractor trainers form all over the country are parking and staying put for days, and they say no one is helping the problem.
Tractor trailers measuring 53 feet long stick out like a sore thumb on the Grand Central Parkway Service Road near 64th Road, filling up blocks. The city Department of Transportation said it is illegal for them to be there.
Residents said in the last year, the problem has gotten out of control.
“A parking lot — like a truck parking lot,” said Raj Patel of Forest Hills. “At night after 9 o’clock, it’s very hard parking. You can’t find the parking. You’ve got too many trucks here parking on the service road
“Because of this car, there’s lots of traffic over here, OK?” “They have to put sign, OK? ‘No parking,’” said Rafik Yusopov of Forest Hills.
“And they’re an eyesore,” said Laura Shepard.
The DOT said 53-foot trailers are only allowed on the nearby Van Wyck and Long Island expressways.