July 24, 2012 By Christian Murray
Many Woodside residents who live on 65th Place are complaining that their street has been overtaken by trucks, causing traffic congestion, noise and pollution.
In response, politicians held a press conference on Monday to express their solidarity with the residents and to call on the Department of Transportation to help solve the problem.
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Congressman Joe Crowley joined community leaders on 65th Place to assure them that the street was not a truck route and that the trucks should not be there in such quantities. Trucks are only allowed to use the street for delivery purposes.
During the press conference, local residents also pointed out structural damage sustained by their properties cause by the vibrations from large trucks rumbling down the two-way street.
While 65th Place is a designated a “No Truck Route”, it lacks the necessary signage needed to make truck traffic aware, according to Van Bramer.
“These trucks are barreling through this quiet residential neighborhood,” Van Bramer said. “Enforcement must be upheld in order to put an end to this issue and the Department of Transportation can help us address this immediately by installing the proper signage to deter trucks from coming through this quiet neighborhood.”
“The fact that this is already a ‘No Truck Route’, yet trucks continue to plague local residents is simply unacceptable,” Crowley said.