Recipe For Success?
Ground Broken On Traffic Fix For Boro Mixing Bowl Nightmare
By Brian M. Rafferty
After a generation of congestion, it seems that the notorious Kew Gardens Interchange will be overhauled. Officials broke ground Wednesday afternoon on the project, which will affect the Grand Central Parkway, the Van Wyck Expressway, Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard.
The area affected in the first phase of development.
“Anybody that has ever driven on the highways of Queens or listened to a radio traffic report knows what a nightmare the Kew Gardens Interchange has been for motorists for more than a generation,” said Denise Richardson, the Managing Director of the General Contractors Association of New York. “This project is one of many critical infrastructure projects that are essential to the safety, mobility, economic vitality and quality of life of all New Yorkers.
“Aside from what it will do for drivers, this project will provide over 200 jobs that will enable laid off workers to come back to work and boost the area’s businesses and the city’s economy. The fact that this project has been deferred over the years due to funding constraints is yet another sign that New York must find a way to properly fund its transportation infrastructure needs. ”
At the groundbreaking, several officials were on hand to celebrate the event, including the State DOT Commissioner.
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