On a roll! Repaving on the way to 86th Street in Dyker

On a roll! Repaving on the way to 86th Street in Dyker
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

The city is finally going to 86 the potholes along 86th Street in Dyker Heights.

The Department of Transportation announced on June 2 that it would repave the thoroughfare from 14th Avenue to Gatling Place this summer, to erase the ugly potholes left behind by the bitter winter.

“Right now, 86th Street looks more like the surface of the moon than one of our most popular commercial corridors,” said Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Dyker Heights), who made the announcement. “This street has been damaging cars and causing headaches for drivers for months.”

The pol’s words echoed longtime complaints from residents along the Bay Ridge-to-Gravesend strip.

“Thanks to the winter we just had, the condition of this avenue has deteriorated badly. It is so bad in some places that the constant rattling shakes you to the bone. I do not know how bus and truck drivers do not end up with herniated disks in their spines,” said Gravesend resident Ronald Cohen.

Work is scheduled to begin next month, and will wrap up in August.

The announcement comes bumper-to-bumper with word last month from Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Gravesend) and Assemblyman Bill Colton (D–Bensonhurst) last month that the city would repave the stretch of the thoroughfare between 14th and Stillwell avenues.

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