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Main street in Flushing

Say goodbye to Flushing’s pothole hellhole, and hello to a clean slate.

On Monday evening, the Department of Transportation (DOT) begins overnight work on a major resurfacing of key portions of Main Street in Flushing.

“We are excited to kick off the much-awaited resurfacing project along Main Street to provide smoother streets for businesses, residents and visitors alike,” DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia said.

Crews will be milling and resurfacing two portions of the major thoroughfare, including a 0.2-mile stretch from Northern Boulevard to 38th Avenue and 0.5 miles from 41st Avenue to Elder Avenue.

The work is expected to take two weeks to complete, and will be performed overnight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to minimize traffic impact along the highly used corridor. Traffic on Main Street will be maintained in both directions the first week of the resurfacing project, and rerouted during the second week of street work.

Motorists should anticipate delays in the vicinity of the work zones. All work is weather dependent.

State Senator Toby Stavisky commended Garcia for her hands-on approach in responding not only to the conditions on Main Street, but to all the needs of the Flushing community.

“It is only a block and a half from my district office and I have experienced firsthand the potholes and unevenness of Main Street and the adjacent roadways,” Stavisky said. “This resurfacing project will improve travel conditions for both pedestrians and drivers and in the end, will make for an even better commercial district.”

Councilman Peter Koo said the resurfacing is part of a larger effort to completely overhaul Main Street that includes $300,000 allocated by his office for additional reconstruction at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue to take place next spring.

“For years, commuters and pedestrians in Flushing have endured a road surface more akin to the surface of the moon than one suited to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city,” Koo said.

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic added that the paving comes at a critical time of growth in the neighborhood.

“I look forward to working with the Commissioner and the Department of Transportation on more projects to improve Northeast Queens’ streets,” Rozic said.

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