With a targeted completion date of December 2016, the project consists of replacing the existing asphalt, replacing old signs with more visible and reflective substitutes, and installing reflectors on the outer guide rails.
“This project will follow the principles of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First Initiative, which focuses on minimizing the impact of roadway construction on traffic,” said Diane Park, public information officer for SDOT. “To meet this goal, the department has specifically planned the work schedule so that construction will occur at night, when traffic volume is lowest.”
The project also includes removing mounds to enhance drivers’ sight distance at Metropolitan Avenue along the eastbound side and plans to build a retaining wall.
Park added that the project would be completed in sections to allow the thoroughfare to remain open during construction.
“Traffic will be detoured at the designated section, and the department will post signs clearly directing drivers back to the parkway,” she explained.
Community Board 5 chair Vincent Arcuri said he is concerned about the pressure the project will put on local streets used for detours.
“When they have to dig out the subsurface and pour concrete, you won’t be able drive on them the next day,” Arcuri said. “Myrtle Avenue and Cooper will definitely be overcrowded because of this.”
According to Arcuri, the board doesn’t get much input on state projects like a resurfacing project, and said with more communication, they could ultimately avoid overflow on densely populated streets.
“We never got their hours or shutdowns or their proposed direction for this,” he said. “They don’t necessarily call for a specific detour.”
Kathy Masi, president of the Glendale Civic Association, said while she understands the need for repairing the decrepit road, she is going to keep a watch on the amount of traffic that comes through the narrow neighborhood streets.
“This will be yet another disaster,” Masi said. “It will put a lot of new people in the community.”