Marathon Parkway in Little Neck feels more like a bumpy, country road than a city street these days.
Community members in the area voiced their concerns about the Department of Transportation‘s (DOT) delay in resurfacing Marathon Parkway between Little Neck Parkway and Northern Boulevard.
“They need to do this quickly because going over these lumps and bumps can do damage to your vehicles, too,” said bus driver Lydia Turner of Hoyt Transportation. “I appreciate the fact that they’re trying to fix the roads but get it done. Don’t wait for weeks.”
Some residents say that the roads were stripped of its original pavement more than two weeks ago. A spokesperson at Community Board 11, which serves the neighborhoods of Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Little Neck and Douglaston, told QNS that the construction project may take an additional two weeks to resume.
A DOT spokesperson said, “Our paving crews will be back on location next week, and expect to finish the roadway repairs by the end of next week.”
Although Marathon Parkway is riddled with rubble and potholes, community members believe that the city seems apathetic about their neighborhood streets in general.
“Even if we complain, they’re not going to do anything,” said a Little Neck school crossing guard, Angelina, who chose not to disclose her last name.
The unpaved roads have also caused travel disruptions and vehicle damage for ambulance personnel at the Little Neck-Douglaston Community Ambulance Corps (LNDCAC), located at 42-18 Marathon Pkwy.
“The equipment gets beat up,” said treasurer Harry Dietrich of LNDCAC. “Instead of going up Marathon Parkway, we go up to Little Neck Parkway now. It delays us from driving a little faster in emergency situations,” he said in reference to the cause of emergency response time delays.