By: Harold G. Bailey
JAMAICA, NY October 21, 2017 (BGM NEWS) – New York city councilman I. Daneek Miller (D – Jamaica) announced the completion of repaving work on a stretch of Jamaica Avenue here yesterday.
Miller made the announcement outside P.S. / I.S . 268 at 175 Street and Jamaica Avenue, at a ceremony attended by Nicole Garcia, Department Of Transportation Commissioner for Queens, representatives of the Department of Design and Construction, elected officials and community leaders.
He said that resurfacing of the roadway between 168 Street and Francis Lewis Boulevard “was last done over 25 years ago.” The project — first announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a town hall meeting housed by Miller in September last year — had its first phase completed later in the year. That phase involved the repaving of seven-lane miles along the thoroughfare between Francis Lewis Boulevard and 224 Street.
Noting that Jamaica Avenue “runs through the heart of Jamaica’s commercial district,” the councilman said, ” year’s of neglect forced consumers, suppliers, and residents to use this crucial artery, under hazardous conditions.” This detracted from the economic growth of local business “and left pedestrians prone to injury,” said Miller.
While thanking de Blasio, commissioner Garcia, and community Boards 12 and 13, the councilman said the repaving “underscores the public’s recognition that Jamaica’s appeal extends beyond the boundaries of Southeast Queens.
Addressing the ceremony Garcia said the resurfacing “makes Jamaica Avenue safer and better for everyone who lives, travels, or does business in the community.”
United States congressman Gregory W. Meeks described the repaving project as a “significant achievement in the ongoing development of the Jamaica business district.” Among the other speakers at the ceremony were State Senator Leroy Comrie,
Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Adrienne Adams chairperson for Community Board 12 and representatives of Transport, Labor, and business and commerce.