By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Thousands of Brooklyn residents will get to drive their cars on smoother streets with no potholes, thanks to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), which is conducting a major repaving project in the neighborhoods of Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst at the behest of Councilman David Greenfield.
Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) recently met with Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Joseph Palmieri to inspect streets in the councilman’s district.
The list of streets to be resurfaced includes several that have been constant sources of complaints from local drivers since the roadways fell into disrepair over the past few years, according to Greenfield.
“We deserve to have safe, smooth streets that are not riddled with potholes and causing damage to our vehicles every time we drive around the neighborhood. That’s why I meet with the DOT each year to determine which streets should be prioritized for resurfacing and repairs on behalf of local drivers,” Greenfield said.
Here is a rundown of the streets undergoing work this summer: Work began along 40th Street between 12th Avenue and Dahill Road in Borough Park several weeks ago, with milling of the surface and repaving now complete. Milling and resurfacing is taking place along New Utrecht Avenue from 43rd Street to 61st Street. Work is also planned for 38th Street between 10th Avenue and Dahill Road; 48th Street from Eighth Avenue to New Utrecht Avenue; and Ditmas Avenue from 40th Street to Ocean Parkway.
Another street – 17th Avenue from 50th Street to 54th Street – described by Greenfield as one off the worst stretches of roadway in Borough Park, has also been included in the DOT’s resurfacing plan. Earlier this year, Greenfield wrote to Palmieri to request that the pothole-riddled stretch of 17th Avenue be repaved as soon as possible.
In the southern portion of the councilman’s district, 65th Street from Bay Parkway to Avenue P and Avenue P from Bay Parkway to 65th Street are both scheduled to be milled and repaved. Work is also slated for daytime hours along 21st Avenue from 53rd Street to 59th Street; 57th Street from 20th Avenue to the dead end east of 21st Avenue; 66th Street from New Utrecht Avenue to Bay Parkway; 77th Street from New Utrecht Avenue to Bay Parkway; and 78th Street from 13th Avenue to 23rd Avenue.
Greenfield is urging residents to be on the lookout for “No Parking” signs posted by DOT crews along blocks that are scheduled for work in the coming weeks. If you disobey the sign and park in a restricted spot, your vehicle will be moved to a spot on a nearby block, according to Greenfield.
Residents who need assistance locating their vehicles should ask a supervisor on scene, contact Greenfield’s office at 718-853-2704 or call the local police precinct.
“I am thrilled that so many important local streets have been targeted for repairs in the coming weeks, and I will continue to work closely with the DOT to minimize any disruptions as work progresses,” Greenfield said.
Greenfield is also urging residents to contact his office with suggestions for roads to prioritize for repairs or with ideas to improve safety along local streets.
“My thanks to the DOT for its hard work throughout the year, and to all of my constituents who have called with suggestions to make our streets safer for everyone,” he said.