City needs to enforce its truck routes
Nov 25, 2014 | 11219 views | 0 0 comments | 433 433 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week on Grand Avenue, the Maspeth community was given a costly reminder as to why Grand Avenue has been, at least in theory, removed from the Department of Transportation’s official truck route map for New York City.

While a Parks Department vehicle was stationary on Grand Avenue, a tractor-trailer rounded the corner of 72nd Street, and without the driver realizing it the two trucks came into contact with one another causing the Parks Department truck to flip over on its side.

The fact of the matter is that this accident, which caused traffic to back up for several hours on the thoroughfare, never should have happened. The driver of the tractor-trailer never should have been there in the first place.

While Grand Avenue is a main street that connects Brooklyn and Queens and at some points runs through heavily industrialized areas, the section of the avenue that traverses the Maspeth commercial corridor is not one of those areas.

While it is understandable that the local businesses on the Maspeth commercial corridor are in need of resupply, and there will always been some level of trucking traversing the neighborhood, there’s not reason why a full-sized tractor-trailer needs to be making a tricky turn from 72nd Street onto Grand Avenue.

In fact, illegal truck traffic is a problem in communities across the city, with drivers skirting truck routes in favor of shortcuts down residential streets that weren't designed to handle the big loads. The city needs to do more to enforce its truck routes. They are in place for a reason.

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