Repavings improve Canarsie thoroughfares; more to go

Canarsie streets are not as much of a roller coaster ride as they used to be.

The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has repaved numerous thoroughfares in the neighborhood over the last year or so, reported Assemblymember Alan Maisel, during the January meeting of the Friends United Block Association (FUBA), which was held at Temple Shaare Emeth, 6012 Farragut Road.

Among the streets completed most recently is Flatlands Avenue, between Remsen and Van Siclen avenues, said Maisel. “So, that’s pretty smooth.”

Maisel had contacted DOT in May 2008, to report streets in need of repaving, and received a response from the agency in December 2009, enumerating what had been done on the streets he had expressed concern about.

Of the 10 stretches of roadway reported by Maisel, the agency repaved six in the autumn of 2008, and one — Flatlands Avenue — this past fall.

Streets resurfaced in 2008 include East 93rd Street, between Avenue D and Schenck Avenue; Avenue K from East 80th Street to Remsen Avenue, and from Remsen Avenue to East 108th Street; East 92nd Street between Avenue D and Avenue M; East 101st Street, from Glenwood Road to Seaview Avenue;, and Canarsie Road between Avenue M and Shore Parkway, including St. Jude Place from East 96th Street to Canarsie Road.

Nonetheless, said Maisel, a good deal still needs to be done, including Flatlands Avenue west of Remsen. In addition, he noted, “A lot of the side streets are in relatively bad shape.”

Other streets reported by Maisel that are still awaiting repaving are Paerdegat Avenue North between Flatlands and Seaview Avenues, which DOT Borough Commissioner Joseph Palmieri said had been “referred to the Department of Design and Construction for possible reconstruction;” and East 80th Street between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue K, and Seaview Avenue between Louisiana Avenue and East 108th Street, both of which have received a “Milling and Paving Project number,%u2026and (are) currently awaiting future scheduling consideration,” Palmieri said.

FUBA members concurred with Maisel‘s concerns. One man complained vociferously about East 80th Street, which is one of the most heavily traveled streets in the neighborhood.

“There are a lot of bad spots,” the resident contended. “We need drains, we need sidewalks, we need a street.

“What happens when the street is so bad it takes the sidewalk with it?” he added.

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