After numerous complaints of trucks clogging traffic by parking on the side of Incinerator Road in Inwood, State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) said in a news release that the issue should be alleviated.
Kaminsky sent a letter to the state’s Department of Transportation in January requesting that a parking ban on the narrow street should be enforced. DOT officials installed “No Parking” signs in February and enforcement from the 4th Precinct has cleared the roadway’s shoulder of parked trucks.
“Following requests from community members, my office reached out to the State Transportation Department to stop trucks from parking on this one-lane road,” Kaminsky said in a statement. “I was proud to have worked with my partners in government to get this hazardous situation alleviated.”
Kaminsky had previously contacted DOT in 2018 expressing concerns about trucks being parked on the side of the Nassau Expressway, which is also known as State Route 878, between Rockaway Turnpike and Burnside Avenue, in Lawrence. A $130 million and roughly 14-month long expressway renovation project was completed in January 2020. Signs that read “No Parking” are now on the road. Trucks began parking on Incinerator Road after the signs were added to 878.
Kenneth Graham, who owns The Garden Gallery on Bay Boulevard in Inwood, previously told the Herald that parking on the side of Incinerator Road has been an issue since the summer and he contacted Kaminsky’s office in the fall.
“The removal of trucks from Incinerator Road will go a long way in easing traffic and keeping the area safe,” Graham said. “I thank Senator Kaminsky for getting it done. His continued effort and support for the community is much appreciated.”
The Garden Gallery is located off Incinerator and Graham said that the trucks parking on the side obscured the visibility of customers entering and exiting the store’s parking lot. Creating what he described as a safety hazard.
“The drivers would park on the side and at times flip the hood and start working on their trucks right in the street,” he said. “It’s a narrow two-lane road and drivers would have to go into the other lane just to avoid the trucks. I’m glad this has been addressed.”