Not all is blissful in the Blissville section of Sunnyside, Queens.
Video shot by a resident shows cars and trucks going the wrong way, some even backing up the wrong way on 39th Street, a one-way street off of 51st Avenue, which is the Long Island Expressway service road.
During rush hour, cars back up all the way from Greenpoint Avenue, and frustrated drivers see 39th Street as a way out of their traffic nightmare. But by making that illegal right turn onto it, they create another traffic nightmare by going north when they should be going south.
“Even the most alert child and adult does not expect to see a tractor trailer going backwards the wrong way on a one-way street. That’s a recipe for disaster,” said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
Van Bramer said he’s called on the Department of Transportation repeatedly to fix the problem, but the agency has yet to take action.
Van Bramer is asking the DOT to install a “No Right Turn” sign on the service road at the northeast corner of 39th Street, and to introduce traffic calming measures to slow traffic which can include striping, painting and adding a jug handle which would narrow the corridor. He’s also asking for increased enforcement by the 108th Precinct.
A spokesperson for the DOT told PIX 11 that the agency is working on a way to narrow the area, which should be in place in the next month.