FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #15-113
October 26, 2015
Scott Gastel/Jose Bayona (212) 839-4850
NYC DOT Completes Resurfacing of a Major Stretch Road Along Flatlands Avenue In Brooklyn
DOT crews milled and resurfaced a 34-block stretch of Flatlands Avenue from Remsen Avenue to Hendrickson Street
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Roadway, Repair and Maintenance (RRM) crews milled and resurfaced a 34-block stretch along Flatlands Avenue from Remsen Avenue to Hendrickson Street to provide a safer, smoother roadway for Brooklyn drivers.
As part of DOT’s ongoing sustainable street resurfacing efforts, the crews milled and resurfaced 10.21 lane miles or 72,060 square yards of asphalt along Flatlands Avenue in 2014 and 2015. To date, a total of more than 275 lane miles, or more than 2 million square yards, of roadway have been resurfaced in Brooklyn.
“The new, freshly paved stretch of Flatlands Avenue provides a smoother and safer roadway that supports local commerce and the residents and families in this community,” said DOT Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Keith Bray. “Investing in our streets and keeping them in a state of good repair is a priority for the City.”
“Flatlands Avenue is a critical artery in southern Brooklyn, and we cannot afford to have cracks and potholes risking the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists along such an important thoroughfare,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “On behalf of the residents of Canarsie and Flatlands, as well as all those who travel along Flatlands Avenue, I thank the DOT for their hard work in resurfacing over ten lane miles that will now serve as safe, smooth streets for all.”
“Potholes and uneven road surfaces cause hundreds of accidents per year and can cost motorists thousands of dollars in damage from wear and tear,” said Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein. “I thank the New York City Department of Transportation and Borough Commissioner Bray for taking these measures which will surely keep drivers and pedestrians safer.”
“Brooklyn’s Community Board 18 applauds the efforts of Brooklyn Borough Commissioner, Keith Bray, Deputy Borough Commissioner, Claudette Workman, and the men and women of the DOT Roadway, Repair and Maintenance crews who worked diligently to see this project come to fruition without delay or incident,” said Dorothy Turano, District Manager, Brooklyn Community Board 18. “We extend thanks to our elected officials for providing additional funding necessary to repair and maintain our aging infrastructure.”
Flatlands Avenue is a major thoroughfare that provides access to several main arterials such as Flatbush Avenue and Utica Avenue. DOT has resurfaced more than 275 lane miles in Brooklyn this year, which equals almost 2 million square yards. Other main roads recently resurfaced in Brooklyn include Atlantic Avenue, Church Avenue, and Hamilton Avenue.
This resurfacing effort is part of Mayor de Blasio’s increased $242 million investment in roadways in all five boroughs that will help repave 1,200 lane miles through June, 2016. The increased investment allows DOT to make streets safer and smoother for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists.
Resurfacing is a regularly scheduled operation that repairs defects on the surface of the roadway by replacing the top layer of asphalt pavement. It also addresses issues like potholes, cracking, hummocks, bumps and patches of street cuts (created by utility and other underground work).
For information about DOT’s ongoing efforts to address potholes and maintain more than 6,000 miles of roadway, please visit www.nyc.gov/dot, and please report any pothole condition to The Daily Pothole or to 311.