In 2001, Tony Nunziato, a current candidate for assemblyman, helped to formulate a plan called the “Maspeth Bypass,” that would redirect trucks to Maurice Avenue instead of Grand Avenue.
Under the plan, which was reportedly pitched several times to city officials, the truck traffic would be redirected to the outskirts of the neighborhood through its industrial corridors.
City Ignores Truck Traffic In Queens
At a city council hearing in 2006, then-Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall said her agency was committed to solving the problem, saying the goal was to have something finalized by that summer.
Two years later, a DOT spokesperson said the agency is working on a plan but adds that more studies are needed.
"In order to identify the best ways to reduce truck congestion in the Maspeth area and to identify the capital improvements needed for a bypass to be successful, we intend to begin an engineering study soon,” said the spokesperson. “This study is a recommendation made during a previous review of the area."
Fed up with the city's response, some residents said they can't wait for any more studies and they are planning to take matters into their own hands.