East Flatbush residents have hit a major bump in the road when it comes to getting the neighborhood’s streets made smooth — the city appears to be willing to let roadways big and small across the community go to rack and ruin, even as they rush to add bike lanes that residents haven’t asked for.
A whopping 11 different strips are in such bad shape that they made it onto Community Board 17’s list of capital budget priorities for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011. This list is meant to include the panel’s most important projects from all city agencies, but members’ focus on the community’s thoroughfares tell a sad story: repairs are requested from the city’s Department of Transportation, but don’t seem to happen.
Meanwhile, streets like Rockaway Parkway get glistening new bike lanes and neck downs that the community doesn’t even want, and that doesn’t sit well with residents.
Even paving the neighborhood’s bumpiest stretch — Church Avenue between Nostrand and Bedford avenues — has been on hold for years. It was scheduled for repaving several years ago when city officials began a “Congested Corridor” study of the strip, from McDonald Avenue to Utica Avenue, and put the sorely needed work on the back burner, leaving pedestrians and motorists to cope with huge potholes and bumpy roadways at their own peril.
This about sums it up:
“Whenever they want to make a change, it’s done as quickly as possible, but when the community says, ‘We want this done,’ they drag their feet about it,” said Terry Hinds, CB17’s chairman. “They think bike lanes are more important than filling potholes.”
Even when they do pay attention to the streets, they mess it up.
Photo by NYCMayorsOffice on Flickr