Department of Transportation begins work on Brush Ave to fix potholes and bumps

A truck travels down Brush Ave where the Department of Transportation has already completed milling on the road.
Photo Courtesy of Robert Christie

The NYC Department of Transportation has begun work to fix the potholes and bumps along Brush Avenue.

Dorothy Poggi, a resident on Brush Avenue and an owner of four properties along the street, has been working to get the road paved.

Poggi, who was raised in the Ferry Point community, said she was thrilled to learn DOT would begin work on the area’s main drag.

Brush Avenue experiences heavy truck traffic from Pepsico and the United Parcel Service, with facilities on this street.

In addition to the trucks, the road is also used by drivers as a detour route to the Whitestone Bridge.

The road is also heavily travelled by Throggs Neck Shopping Center and Home Depot shoppers.

Poggi estimated company trucks travel up and down the road more than 400 times a day.

She said the frequency with which the trucks use Brush Avenue caused a significant amount of wear and tear on the road.

The road has been milled and the depressions filled.

According to Poggi, the noise from the trucks can also get loud at night and she has to sleep with earplugs.

Poggi said she began addressing the road’s condition by reaching out to Community Board 10.

However, she said, after gaining little traction she reached out to Senator Jeff Klein’s office for help.

According to Klein’s office, the senator contacted the DOT in 2015 to request the road be surveyed for repaving.

The DOT approved the request in November 2015.

Klein said he was “happy” the DOT is moving forward with repairs to the road.

He added fixes to the road will act as a “crucial safety measure” which will protect pedestrians, homeowners and drivers.

The milling of the road has already been completed.

According to the DOT, paving on the roadway should be completed within the next two weeks. The paving project will encompass Brush Avenue from Buckner Boulevard to Wenner Avenue and Wenner Avenue to Schley Avenue.

Dorothy Poggi (l) and Sen. Jeff Klein (r) point to a pothole (not pictured) which has already been filled by the DOT as they work to repave Brush Ave.
Photo Courtesy of Sen. Jeff Klein’s Office

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