By Lynn Edmonds
Portions of Main Street in Flushing are being resurfaced through next week, something Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) office said they have been pushing for years, after receiving multiple complaints weekly from residents.
“For years, anyone who’s driven down Main Street, Flushing has experienced road conditions more similar to the surface of the moon than an actual street,” Koo said in a statement.
The affected portions of Main Street are between Northern Boulevard and 38th Avenue and 41st Avenue to Elder Avenue. Construction will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., leaving commutes and business hours mostly unaffected.
The DOT warned that traffic would be rerouted during the second week of work, and motorist should anticipate delays.
MTA bus service would not be interrupted during the construction, Koo anticipated.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) also welcomed the construction, saying she had “experienced first-hand the pot holes and unevenness of Main Street and the adjacent roadways.” She stressed that the improvements would ease travel for pedestrians and drivers and support the street’s businesses.
Rep. Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) noted “this paving comes at a critical time of growth for our neighborhood.”
Koo said that further improvements were planned for Main Street. He said his office allocated $300,000 for additional reconstruction at the intersection of Roosevelt Ave and Main Street that will take place in Spring 2016.
“Upon completion, Downtown Flushing will finally have a Main Street worthy of its name,” Koo said.
The City DOT said it has resurfaced 203 lane miles in Queens so far in 2015.
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