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37th Avenue gets repaved following outcry from residents

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Aug. 5, 2015 By Michael Florio

The repavement of a bumpy Jackson Height thoroughfare has finally been completed.

The Department of Transportation finished repaving 37th Ave–from 69th Street to Junction Blvd–last night, after five days work. Markings on the street are scheduled to be painted within the next two weeks, according to a DOT official.

The repaving follows an outcry from residents who have complained about bumps, cracks and potholes on the well-traveled road.

“We have received the most complaints about 37th Ave,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm. “It is the center of the Jackson Heights and Elmhurst communities and people travel along here every day.”

The DOT said that the 20-block stretch is now a much safer and smoother roadway.

“The past winter took quite a toll on our city streets,” Dromm said. “The long-awaited repaving of 37th Avenue will benefit many, including residents, businesses and visitors to Jackson Heights.

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras said the business community will also gain from the repaving.

“From Jackson Heights to Corona, 37th Avenue is vital for business and a vibrant community hotspot, and it is essential to keep it safe and efficient,” she said.

Ferreras urged residents to call and report other streets that they feel could use repaving.

While Dromm agreed, he said 37th Ave was a priority due to the high volume of traffic it attracts.

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