Council Member Crowley will be hosting a Town Hall meeting this Thursday, February 23rd, at St. Mary's Winfield, regarding the ongoing quality of life problems that have been affecting residents during the Calamus Avenue sewer reconstruction project. Assembly Member Barnwell will be attending and other elected officials have been invited. The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will attend but at this time we haven't heard if the MTA is coming.
The project, which began in 2014 and necessitated detouring the Q47 bus from its route, is not projected to be completed until sometime in 2018! This detour has affected ridership in Woodside, Elmhurst and Maspeth.
We were furious to hear that the project was abruptly shut down with no notification to our elected officials or the community when the agency encountered a problem at 47th Avenue/69th Street at the LIRR overpass. The project remained dormant for what seems like a year and during that time the agency refused to put the bus back on its route because they said it would be "confusing" to the ridership! I doubt they'd get away with this in another community!
If you are a bus rider, a homeowner who is adversely affected by this project, or a business owner, we urge you to attend.
Please see the attached fliers and pass along. We will have translators. This is our community and we should all be heard!!!
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association