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Straight shooter: Coney pol blasts city for painting squiggly yellow lines to divide stretch of Neptune Ave.

Get it straight: Councilman Mark Treyger wants the city Department of Transportation to re-paint the “disrespectful” squiggly lines it drew for medians on Neptune Avenue.
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This agency needs to get in line!

The Department of Transportation must repaint a stretch of double-yellow lines dividing traffic along four blocks of Neptune Avenue, after laying down a squiggly set last month, according to Coney Island’s councilman, who said the agency’s failure to paint straight lines undermined residents’ trust in city government.

“It was sloppy job that was disrespectful to the Coney community,” Treyger said. “It really calls into question the capacity of local government to do basic functions like painting the street.”

Treyger first condemned the paint job on Nov. 29, demanding transit bigwigs correct the error in a Twitter post that included a constituent’s photo of the zig-zagging lines, which the pol said run along Neptune Avenue from roughly West 33rd to 37th streets. The slapdash squiggles are the latest in a series of less than perfect work done by the agency in the area, according to the councilman.

“First they couldn’t pave Neptune Avenue on time. Then they couldn’t pave right since potholes developed literally days after paving. Now they can’t paint straight,” Treyger said in his tweet. “This is an embarrassment to the city and completely unacceptab­le.”

Transportation Department reps did not immediately respond to questions this newspaper sent following Treyger’s Nov. 29 allegations, but the agency did respond to the pol on Twitter a day after he criticized its work, sharing its own tweet that argued bad weather botched the paint job, which the department claimed is only temporary to begin with.

“These are temporary markings, which can be affected by weather,” the agency wrote in a Nov. 30 post. “Permanent markings will be installed within the next week.”

After the agency tweeted its reply to Treyger, a spokeswoman replied to this newspaper, explaining that workers finished painting the new double-yellow-line median — and repaving the stretch of Neptune Avenue it bisects — on Nov. 19, and noting that the department always paints temporary markings before installing permanent ones.

And such temporary markings can be affected by rain and cold temperatures, according to the rep, who then did not immediately respond to follow-up inquiries about when the work began, how exactly weather could affect the markings, how the squiggles would be removed, and what company did the work.

Treyger, however, didn’t buy the agency’s claims that the lines are meant to be impermanent, arguing if that is the case, then city transit officials should know better than to do such work ahead of a season known for its inclement weather.

“I have not heard of temporary markings, and even if they were doing temporary markings, you’re telling me they cannot have straight lines as temporary markings?” the pol said. “That is a laughable and unacceptable excuse. If they felt the weather was going to be a factor, then why did they paint those lines now?”

The councilman also blasted those Transportation Department officials who signed off on the paint job, suggesting they should more thoughtfully review such projects before rushing to complete the next one.

“This has been one error after another error here on the part of DOT,” Treyger said. I just have to question, does someone review and oversee this work? How does any supervisor say this is a good job?”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 2:45 pm, December 4, 2018: An earlier version of this story has been corrected to note the squiggly lines are on Neptune Avenue, not Mermaid Avenue.
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Cp from Coney Island says:
This is Neptune Avenue not Mermaid.
Dec. 3, 6:20 pm
Ron from Astoria says:
Same thing here. Crooked likes, lines that end half way, no lines. Ray Charles must be painting. It is an embarassment.
Dec. 5, 8:58 am
Margo from Coney Island says:
Crooked just like his protogee who now resides at fpc alderson
Dec. 5, 12:03 pm
BrooklynBus from Manhattan Beach says:
Well if you are driving under the influence, the lines will appear straight. In my neighborhood, after a repaving, they never even bothered to repainted the double yellow lines at all. It's been over a year.
Dec. 5, 12:13 pm
Angela Williams from Williamsburgh says:
It's called privatization and yes it sucks. They can't do concrete/side walk work either. Don't get me started on the knuckle head whose idea it was to remove street drains at the corners of a block. Now when it rains or snows you can't cross the street at the corners because of the rivers of water pooled at the corners. The build up of water and snow extends into the road, a two and a half from the side walk.during the last deluge we had my nephew sent pictures of Coney Island, all the side walks and roads were severely flooded up to the buildings.
Dec. 6, 12:29 pm
Angela Williams from Williamsburgh says:
It's called privatization. They can't do concrete work (side walks), well either. don't get me started on the knuckle head whose idea it was to remove street drains at our corners.Because of this dumb idea you can no longer cross the street at the corners. The build up of rain and snow often extends two and a half feet from the side walk out into the roads. My nephew sent me pictures of Coney Island where he lives after our latest deluge and the roads and side walks were severely flooded up to the bottom steps of all buildings.
Dec. 6, 12:35 pm

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