The huge stretch of 86th Street slated to see extensive pothole repairs this summer just grew by several more blocks. Councilman Vincent Gentile announced yesterday that he has allocated money to fund repaving the commercial corridor, adding a quarter mile to the project that will now see every street from Stillwell Avenue to just past the Gowanus Expressway with a fresh layer of asphalt.
The Department of Transportation had agreed last month to repair most of that stretch. According to a press release from Assemblyman William Colton and Councilman Mark Treyger, issued in early May, that agreement came about after they made requests to the agency. But the plan, covering everything from Stillwell Avenue to 14th Avenue, fell short of covering the section of roadway that passes through Dyker Heights. Gentile has now announced that the agency is on board to do the additional stretch, and his office has helped direct money towards getting the project done.
Here’s the press release:
Southwest Brooklyn continues to recover from a wicked winter and it has the battle scars to prove it. Miles of pockmarked roadways and thousands of frustrated drivers take their lumps every day over the bumpy mess that Old Man Winter left behind.
Thankfully, Deputy Leader Councilman Vincent J. Gentile has successfully brokered a deal with the Department of Transportation to repave 86th Street, one of the major commercial corridors in all of southwest Brooklyn.
The Department of Transportation has agreed to repave 86th Street from Gatling Place in Bay Ridge to Stillwell Avenue in Bensonhurst. Councilman Gentile allocated $400,000 in this year’s budget to help fund the paving.
“This is literally where the rubber meets the road,” Gentile said. “After a harsh winter, and so many potholes, 86th Street looks more like the surface of the moon than one of our most popular commercial corridors.”
The Department of Transportation plans to repair the rocky road in three separate segments this summer with repair crews working overnight in order to mitigate disruption to traffic and commerce.
“This street has been damaging cars and causing headaches for drivers for months. I am happy that the Department of Transportation is finally addressing this problem.”
If the Department of Transportation keeps to the schedule laid out in May, work should begin in August.