BY JON CRONIN
Maspeth residents said that they are suffering through cacophonous nights of road work on the Long Island Expressway as construction is taking place on the Hamilton Place Bridge between 65th Place and Grand Avenue.
Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) said he was not given notice of the project and that he empathized with his constituents since the state’s Department of Transportation just finished another loud night-time project a month ago
“We need to give these people a break,” he said. “We need to repair the bridge, but there has got to be some middle ground. There has to be a way we can take care of this project and not keep people up until 3 a.m.”
Barnwell noted that the noise is being caused by workers sandblasting the paint off the bridge. He added that this portion of the work could end as early as May 24.
The city’s Department of Transportation announced that, on May 14, its Division of Bridges will begin working on the protective coating on the Hamilton Place Bridge over the Long Island Expressway and that it could last eight weeks. The agency stated that the work will begin in the eastbound direction and then switch to the westbound direction. The city DOT noted that up to two lanes could closed on the expressway, and message boards will be put up to advise drivers.
The city DOT said that one lane of traffic will remain open at all times and that work is weather permitting.
Michael Fordunski, a Maspeth resident who lives a block away from the Long Island Expressway and across the street from where the city DOT project equipment is staged, said that he received no notice of the project.
“Every night, we close the windows and put on the AC, and use ear plugs,” Fordunski said. “What really is driving us crazy is that the other project just ended.”
Fordunski noted that the diamond grinding on the expressway ended a month ago, adding that he had also not received notification for that project, which lasted six months and was aimed at lowering noise levels of cars passing on the expressway. Work on that project was sporadic, he said, and typically lasted from midnight until 4 a.m.
“I barely notice a difference,” he said. “The LIE use to hum before and it hums now. But we’ve gotten used to that.”
The community liaison for the project is Nancy Catapano. She can reached at (718) 869-1428 or QueensBridgePaint2017@gmail.com.