Driving in the city can be challenging, but for many Jamaica residents, it's nearly impossible, and the problem is getting worse. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
It's been a frustrating journey for people who drive on the roads in Jamaica. You wouldn't know that some of the streets aren't two-way streets by the looks of things. About a dozen side streets from the Van Wyck Expressway to Sutphin Boulevard can only fit one car at a time.
"It's terrible here," said one driver. "In the morning or rush hour, like 3 o'clock, forget it. There's nothing to go through."
We drove through the neighborhood to show you what it is like from the driver's seat, and it wasn't easy.
The scene was very much like what we showed you in May 2013, except we saw more drivers were speeding to make it to the end of the block before another car turned onto the street. Many are also blowing through stop signs and intersections.
"Look at this guy right here. He's probably slowing down," said Rick Martinez, a Jamaica resident. "Look at this one right here. This is what happens right here. One speeding, one coming in, and usually, he's turning a little bit too quick. You got somebody crossing the streets. Somebody could get hurt or killed."
Drivers pull in their side mirrors because they often get knocked off. Martinez said he had to replace three. On Tuesday, someone scratched his car.
"I think a one-way street, if they put it, they would be solved, a lot of these problems," he said.
In our last report, the Department of Transportation said it would listen to the community and the Community Board vowed to get things rolling on a solution, but that hasn't happened. The board said it still needs to poll residents and gauge how many want one-way streets. We reached out to the local councilman, Ruben Wills, who is now promising to get the survey done.
"We've already started, we're actively engaging the residents, trying to find volunteers so that we can go door to door and get petitions. Once we get the petitions, we want to make sure we give these petitions to DOT," Wills said.
As for the Department of Transportation, the agency issued a statement, saying, "DOT is always willing to re-evaluate streets in this area...We look forward to discussing possible one-way conversions with the Community Board and local stakeholders."
Residents here said they are ready to talk, but they also want to see more action.