Van Bramer, Crowley Call For ‘No Truck’ Enforcement
On July 23, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and Congressmember Joe Crowley joined community leaders and local residents to call on officials to enforce the “No Truck Route” along 65th Place in Woodside.
Recently, residents along 65th Place have come forward to Van Bramer’s office citing a significant increase in noise pollution and smog caused by truck traffic along the residential corridor which houses numerous single family homes and multiple-family dwellings.
During the press conference, numerous local residents pointed out structural damage sustained by their properties, traffic congestion, a decline in air quality and an increase in noise pollution caused by the large trucks rumbling down the two-way street. Currently, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT), 65th Place is a designated “No Truck Route” but lacks the necessary signage needed to make truck traffic aware.
“These trucks that are barreling through this quiet residential neighborhood are not only utilizing this route illegally but they are also presenting a serious hazard to the quality of air for the people of Woodside,” Van Bramer stated. “Enforcement must be upheld in order to put an end to this issue and the Department of Transportation can help us address this immediately by installing the proper signage to deter trucks from coming through this quiet neighborhood.”
Earlier this year, Van Bramer contacted the DOT requesting that “No Truck Route” signs be installed along 65th Place between Queens Boulevard and Maurice Avenue. He also requested that the 108th Precinct increase traffic enforcement along this quiet residential corridor to ensure truck traffic and noise pollution is directed away from local streets.
“The fact that this is already a ‘No Truck Route’, yet trucks continue to plague local residents is simply unacceptable,” Crowley said. “In addition to noise and congestion, this traffic also pollutes the air and poses a serious safety risk to residents. I support Councilmember Van Bramer’s call for the city to install signage that makes it clear that trucks are not allowed on this street, as well as increased enforcement by authorities. We must take every step possible to make our community an even better place to live.”