Once again forced two buses, the Q13 and 16, to use area streets in Bayside to turn around. But the issue has been resolved with the help of Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside).
Problems began a year ago when the city began construction on an enlarged parking lot at Little Bay Park, outside Fort Totten. Prior to that, the buses used the lot to turn around.
Buses were forced to make the turnarounds on 212th Street and 23rd Avenue, off Bell Boulevard, in a residential neighborhood that also houses PS 169 and the Bell Academy.
The buses created a dangerous situation and added to traffic congestion, residents said. So, after pressure from Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and Vallone, the Department of Transportation fixed the deteriorating Duane Road at the fort in March.
But since then the weight of the buses has played havoc with the roadway and it broke up once again. The buses were then forced to use the residential streets.
Vallone then reached out to Queens Parks Department Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and DOT Queens Commissioner Dalila Hall. After talks, Parks agreed to repave the damaged section of Duane Road. Longterm solutions for who is responsible for the road’s upkeep are continuing between the city agencies.
Vallone applauded the two commissioners for solving the problem. “This is the cooperation that is necessary,” he said.
Fort Totten is jointly operated by the Parks Department and the Fire Department. The Army maintains a National Guard unit there as well.