BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON
The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) announced this week that it had finished resurfacing critical portions of 37th Avenue from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Junction Boulevard, providing a smoother, safer roadway for drivers.
Daytime traffic volumes made it difficult to close 37th Avenue without a major impact on the community. However, as the street is a critical commercial corridor to both residents and businesses that use it, the DOT made the decision to resurface it after consulting with Community Board 3 and elected officials.
“Investing in our streets and keeping them in a state of good repair has been a priority for the city,” said Nicole Garcia, DOT Queens borough commissioner. “The new, freshly paved 37th Avenue reflects that commitment, and provides more than 20 blocks of smoother, safer roadway that support local commerce and the residents and families who rely on these businesses for neighborhood errands, eating, shopping and other services.”
Once a street has been resurfaced, it becomes a protected street for five years, and no street opening permits will be issued except for emergency and maintenance work.
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