Shortline Bus 1,121 Posted October 3, 2010 Share #1 Posted October 3, 2010 Astoria residents pitch plan to open up Grand Central Parkway to large trucks BY Lisa L. Colangelo NY DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Friday, October 1st 2010 Astoria residents, tired of the heavy trucks that rumble through their streets in search of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, have made a seemingly simple request to state transportation officials. They want the Grand Central Parkway opened up to trucks for the seven-tenths of a mile between the end of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the start of the expressway. But the hurdles are high. It would take an act of law, state approvals and construction to get the plan rolling because commercial traffic is banned from parkways. "I cannot fathom why anybody would have a problem with the solution," said Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, whose office has been flooded with complaints from residents and storeowners in the neighborhood over the years. "It would make the community happy and ease the flow of traffic," he said. Large trucks, which are banned from the Grand Central Parkway, must exit at the end of the bridge and make a sharp turn onto 29th St. They turn again on Astoria Blvd. and hog the streets while making their way to the BQE entrance. On that bypass, the trucks pass a new senior citizen residence and pedestrians rushing to buses and subways in the area. Gianaris sponsored legislation in 2003 that allows smaller trucks to stay on the parkway for that short stretch. "We saw some improvements after that," he said. City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who supports the proposal, said city transportation officials have embraced the idea even though it would involve some unusual construction work on the highway. The roadbed of the Grand Central Parkway would have to be lowered about six inches to allow trucks clearance under the 31st St. overpass. "The trucks can fit there now, but they don't have the required safety clearance," Vallone said. Although the work sounds complicated, Vallone said he was told it could be completed in one weekend. Gianaris said he believes the state Legislature would pass the law to open up the parkway if the state Department of Transportation gave its blessing. State DOT officials said yesterday they were reviewing the proposal." Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2010/10/01/2010-10-01_grand_pkwy_plan_open_road_up_to_large_trucks.html#ixzz11OdRfiUL Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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