Vallone Warns Of Hall Gate Bridge Falling Rocks
City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. is calling on Amtrak to immediately implement protective measures during the repair of its train tracks on the Hell Gate Bridge after a growing number of complaints from Astoria residents that debris and rocks falling from the bridge’s roadway have shattered windshields and damaged parked cars.
Amtrak began work last August, prompting a series of complaints from residents who observed falling rocks and damage on cars parked on Shore Boulevard near Ditmars Boulevard and the surrounding streets from 19th Street to Crescent Street. Vallone personally observed two cars with broken windshields parked under the bridge along with a large patch of rocks covering parts of Shore Boulevard.
In 2006, Amtrak experienced problems with falling rocks caused by a construction vehicle pushing gravel from under the tracks. In response to pressure from Vallone, Amtrak placed staffers on the streets and protected the bridge with netting.
“People enjoying a beautiful weekend in Astoria Park shouldn’t be unknowingly risking their lives walking under the Hell Gate,” Vallone said. “For this to be happening a second time after I warned them the last time borders on criminal negligence.”
Vallone is demanding the installation of netting around the bridge along with personnel on the local streets while the bridge is repaired.
To make a complaint regarding falling rocks from the bridge overpass, call Vallone’s office at 718-274-4500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.