More than half of city’s worst roads located in Queens: Report

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Queens is the location of five of the nine worst maintained roads in New York City, according to the Center for an Urban Future, a city planning agency.

The report also said it found that 9 percent of the borough’s bridges are what it called structurally deficient and that Queens public housing developments are in the worst condition of any place in the five boroughs.

The center said the Jackie Robinson Parkway, the Shore Front Parkway, the Cross Bay Parkway , Hempstead Turnpike and Queens Boulevard were poorly maintained.

The report documents other “infrastructure challenges” in Queens, such as 29.7 percent of the borough’s streets were in fair or poor condition. This is worse than Brooklyn, where 27.2 percent of streets were in fair or poor condition, but better than Manhattan (42.7 percent), Staten Island (40.1 percent) and the Bronx (34 percent).

New York City Housing Authority developments in Queens have the most deteriorated building facades and roofs, based on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development inspections. The average building exterior, or envelope, in Queens, scored 69 compared to 78 in Staten Island and Brooklyn, 79 in Manhattan and 81 in the Bronx.

Queens is also the location of two NYCHA developments with the most facade capital needs. Pomonok in Flushing has $124.4 million in capital needs and Ravenswood in Long Island City has $108.5 million in capital needs.

Overall four NYCHA complexes in Queens are among the 11 NYCHA developments needing more than $70 million in facade repairs. The others are Queensbridge South and North in Long Island City.

Many of the oldest wastewater treatment plants are in eastern Queens, including Jamaica, which was built in 1943, and Bowery Bay, which dates back to 1939, near Flushing.

Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e-mail at or phone at 718-260-4536.

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gh from queens says:
That's not news! I've noticed that for the last 20 years! NYC doesn't know how to preserve their buildings or roads! I just got out of jury duty on sutphin court house and I'm surprised that place doesn't have asbestos! The water fountains are disgusting looking, the bathrooms are nasty, even the jury deliberating room looks like it hasn't been cleaned in decades! It's really gross!
March 14, 2014, 6:13 am
anon1 from queens says:
It all begins with the inspectors who are working at the concrete and asphalt plants. They are supposed to be checking every batch that goes into each truck to make sure the correct amount is going out as well as the materials themselves passing an inspection.

The concrete and asphalt plants try to skimp if they can get away with it. There is also another inspector at the other end of where the repair is. Or at least there is supposed to be. Granted, the weather can interfere with the repair lasting long enough to totally set in.
March 14, 2014, 11:27 am

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