Saturday, May 24, 2014

DOT to clean pigeon poop from under LIE

From the Forum:

Maspeth’s councilwoman helped secure a new contract that would clean up the crud underneath several underpasses in the area.

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Maspeth) announced an agreement with the state Department of Transportation honing in on the maintenance of underpasses below the Long Island Expressway on 74th Street and 80th Street in Maspeth. The spots have become nesting grounds for the unsightly things pigeons leave behind, the councilwoman said, but not for much longer.

“These underpasses are used by pedestrians going everywhere from P.S. 58 in Maspeth High School, to Elmhurst Park and the shops on Grand Avenue,” Crowley said in a statement. “This chronic pigeon nesting is a serious public health concern, and I am glad to see the DOT taking the appropriate steps.”

Under the new contract, the underpasses will be washed every three months with the first cleaning set for July, Crowley said. The contract was originally put out in February but was re-let by the state DOT because there was only one bidder.


Ms. Tsouris said...

What about the underpass on Utopia Parkway and the expressway in Fresh Meadows? It's right near Francis Lewis High School, where over 4,000 kids go. The underpass has been disgusting for decades, and thousands of kids come from out of the area on busses and have to walk under the LIE every school day.

Joe Moretti said...

Everything in Queens is a health hazard, pigeon shit is the least of it. Our leaders are at the top of the health hazard list.

georgetheatheist said...

They're gonna clean the crap every 3 months? How 'bout killing the birds? Who's in charge here? Man or the beasts?

Anonymous said...

That isn't a very wide area. They should clean up the underpass on Utopia and get rid of the school aides at the nearby high school. I've seen that lady outright hit kids with the AV setup while she shuffled along like a zombie and she still yelled at the kids. Another one grabbed a kid by his knapsack and swung him into the wall when he didn't stop for the pledge of allegiance.