Badly Damaged Astoria Thoroughfare Will be Fixed

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on July 19, 2012 3:40pm 

ASTORIA — It has been a bumpy ride for Astoria drivers.

More that 30 potholes that marred 31st Street — the consequence of the harsh winter of 2011 — have become an annoyance and a safety hazard for both pedestrians crossing the street and drivers forced to maneuver around them, Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. said.

But after receiving multiple complaints from Astoria residents, Vallone asked the Department of Transportation to repave 31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 34th Avenue.

After fixing the portion between Ditmars and Astoria Boulevards last year, the DOT will now complete the remainder of 31st Street through 34th Avenue.

“Thirty-First Street is a major thoroughfare, not only for Astoria residents, but for all of Queens,” said Vallone in a statement. “I’m glad drivers will no long have to negotiate a dangerous obstacle course on their daily commute.”

A DOT spokesman said Thursday that repaving, which will be done in two sections to minimize impact on the community, will be completed next week, weather permitting.

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