Forest Hills overpass gets structural repairs
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Apr 19, 2016 | 3638 views | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Board 6 district manager Frank Gulluscio and State Senator Joe Addabbo announce repairs to an unused LIRR overpass.
Community Board 6 district manager Frank Gulluscio and State Senator Joe Addabbo announce repairs to an unused LIRR overpass.
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State Senator Joe Addabbo returned to the intersection of Yellowstone Boulevard and Kessel Street in Forest Hills last Thursday, where he inspected repairs made on several stanchions supporting the unused Long Island Railroad overpass.

The rail line has not been utilized in about 50 years.

Addabbo visited the crumbling site in December and immediately flagged it as as a safety issue, calling upon the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to fix the deteriorating bases.

“This is a very popular unused rail that we’ve been speaking about for years, and whether it will be a railway again or there will be bus service or a park, or even have it stay dormant with no use, we could not let our infrastructure deteriorate to the point that it becomes a safety issue,” Addabbo said.

The work included adding taller concrete bases and repairing cracks and gaping holes, which led the metal posts to rust after years of neglect. Community Board 6 district manager Frank Gulluscio said the safety of the stanchions has been a major issue for CB6

“The rust might have impaired the structure and stability of the overpass,” Addabbo added.

Addabbo said the stanchions at this particular location were just a few of many needing repairs in his district. He listed three other locations along 93rd Avenue, 101st Avenue and 103rd Avenue that he hopes can be repaired as well.

“We need to continue to look at the aging infrastructure of our city, whether it’s the sewers or overpasses like this,” Addabbo said.

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