Brooklyn – Councilman David G. Greenfield is furious at the Department of Transportation (DOT) for repaving a major commercial street without consulting the community on the timing. Councilman Greenfield has asked that DOT stop repaving Borough Park’s heavily trafficked avenues until the summer begins and there are less cars on the road. Greenfield also asked that DOT close down streets one at a time as opposed to multiple blocks to ease traffic flow. DOT has promised Greenfield that there will be no other resurfacing projects in Community Board 12 for the month of June. Additionally, Greenfield asked that DOT repave between 3pm on Friday and sundown on Saturday. Currently, DOT closes down multiple streets for a week or so to mill and then repave.
“It’s ridiculous for DOT to close down 14th Avenue during rush hour without consulting with the community. It’s crucial that roads in my District are repaved. I am simply urging DOT to please take my constituents’ needs into consideration and revise its repavement process immediately,” said Councilman Greenfield.
Every year the Department of Transportation repaves certain roads throughout different community boards. This week, DOT is repaving 14th avenue between Church Ave and 41 Street. Councilman Greenfield has worked closely with the DOT to improve safety and traffic flow along a number of neighborhood streets through the installation of traffic lights, street lights, stop signs and speed bumps where necessary. Greenfield secured $200,000 for additionally street resurfacing through participatory budgeting for this upcoming fiscal year to ensure that more streets will be repaved than ever before.