2015-04-08 / Front Page

Goldfeder Urges Cleanup Of Cross Bay Bridge Parking Lot

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D- Rockaway Beach) called on the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) to clean up a blighted parking lot, located on the Rockaway side of the Cross Bay Bridge, ahead of beach season.Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D- Rockaway Beach) called on the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) to clean up a blighted parking lot, located on the Rockaway side of the Cross Bay Bridge, ahead of beach season.With millions of tourists from all over the city and beyond set to visit Rockaway this coming beach season, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) wrote a letter to the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) calling on the agency to clean up a blighted parking lot located on the Rockaway side of the Cross Bay Bridge linking Broad Channel with the Rockaway Peninsula.


“We’re only months away from the summer season and this parking lot is filled with trash and debris. Millions of beachgoers will pass over Cross Bay Bridge and see this eyesore,” said Goldfeder. “It’s time the TBTA cleans this lot and turns it into an entrance to Rockaway that our community can be proud of.”


In a letter to Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara, the Assemblyman wrote that the parking lot located at the southern end of the Cross Bay Bridge, between Cross Bay Parkway and Beach 94th Street, is filled with trash and broken tree branches. The metal fence surrounding the lot is rusting and there are cracks in the sidewalk and pavement where tall weeds have begun to grow.


According to Goldfeder’s letter, the bridge is one of only three access points to the Rockaway Peninsula for millions of tourists from the rest of the city and beyond. In 2014, more than four million people visited the popular beachfront, according to the NYC Parks Department.

Thousands of these visitors use the Cross Bay Bridge and drive by the blighted parking lot to access the beach, with many more passing above the lot on the nearby elevated A train line.


The Cross Bay Bridge links Rockaway to Broad Channel and the rest of Queens. The bridge, which opened to traffic in 1970, has six lanes of traffic and serves approximately 22,000 vehicles per day, with traffic increasing during the busy summer months.


“Given its location at the entrance to the Peninsula, this lot is really Rockaway’s ‘welcome mat,’” concluded Goldfeder. “It’s time for some spring cleaning.”


Last month, tolls for the bridge rose to $4.00 for cars and $2.08 for E-ZPass holders. However, since his election to the state legislature, Goldfeder has successfully maintained a residency rebate for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents to provide relief from the toll.


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