BY JOE MARVILLI
The MTA buses that travel through Fort Totten will have an easier time getting in and out of the area, thanks to continuous repair efforts from the City.
The Parks Dept. will repave the Duane Road turnaround in Fort Totten that has been used in years past for the Q13 and Q16 bus lines at the end of their routes. Although a section of the road was repaved by the Dept. of Transportation in March, it is currently plagued by potholes and a partially-collapsed roadway. In order to fix the issue, the road will be repaved again this month.
The repairs to Duane Road initially came about due to community outrage about the Q13 and Q16, which were using 212th Street, near PS 169, to turn around instead. This alternate route raised concerns from civic leaders and elected officials about traffic congestion and safety. Since Duane Road is now in bad shape again, the buses returned to using 212th Street as their turnaround.
In response, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) got in touch with Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall. The Parks Dept. agreed to repave the damaged section of Duane Road, as the potholes can cause harm to the buses’ undercarriages.
“This is the cooperation that is necessary and I am proud to have brought everyone together, especially our local civic leaders, who brought this to our attention and took action to remedy the situation,” Vallone said.
The repaving is scheduled to wrap up by the end of July.
“The Department of Parks and Recreation in a show of support for the surrounding community has agreed to repair the Fort Totten Roadway. Q13/Q16 buses will no longer be rerouted along residential areas,” Warren Schreiber, President of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, said. “Good things do happen when we all work together!”
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