Belt Parkway Bridge Over Rkwy Pkwy To Get Work-Over
By Jason Medina
Within the next few weeks, workers from the city’s Department of Transportation will begin reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Belt Parkway traffic bridge over Rockaway Parkway, according to Dorothy Turano, district manager of Community Board 18. The announcement was made during the last meeting of the board on Wednesday, December 19th.
"We’ve asked D.O.T. people to send someone down to our meetings so we could ask them more questions about the rehabilitation of the bridge," said Ms. Turano, "and we expect they’ll want to talk to us either next month or the month after."
The district manager said that, so far, the DOT plans to do asbestos and lead cleaning on the Parkway bridge in conjunction with the construction on the nearby Mill Basin drawbridge, which is to be rebuilt into an expansion bridge.
Other topics discussed at the meeting, which was the final gathering of the board for the year 2001, included supporting a $2 million plan to rehabilitate Sam Curtis Park on Foster Avenue between East 82nd and East 83rd streets. Within recent years, the ultra-modern park has been sorely neglected and, as a result, has deteriorated.
Board members said the money will go to rehabilitating the park, knocking down existing benches and stone structures and replacing them with new ones. The board raised concerns about proposed comfort stations in the park, noting they felt they should only be in operation during daylight hours and locked at night. Ms. Turano said any approval of the project by the board should have a rider attached stating toilets should be locked at night. She said she hoped the project would be completed by spring.
City Councilman-elect Lewis Fidler portrayed an optimistic look at what lies ahead for the district in 2002 when he announced that many budget cuts made by Mayor Giuliani, that hurt the local area, were restored to the budget thanks to the work and persistence of Councilman Herb Berman, who relinquished his 46th District seat to Fidler, stepping down because of term limits after 26 years of service.
"He (Berman) is to be commended," said Fidler, "because he has been down there at City Hall negotiating on behalf of us for weeks trying to restore some things that really hurt our senior programs and youth programs throughout not only the 46th Council area but all of southern Brooklyn."