Oh, it’ll be a parkway.
The State Department of Transportation started ripping up and laying down asphalt on Ocean Parkway this week — and it won’t stop until it has resurfaced the entire Kensington-to-Brighton Beach roadway.
Work for the $6.5-million project will be done in two phases each lasting about two weeks, during which time at least one lane of traffic will be open in each direction. The first span — Church Avenue in Prospect Park South to Avenue N in Midwood — began repairs on May 15, which will last through May 27 every Monday through Friday from 9 pm to 5 am, and also on Friday nights through Saturday mornings, 9 pm to 7 am, according to the department.
The second phase — Avenue N in Midwood to Murdock Court in Sheepshead Bay — will run from May 29 through June 10, also every Monday through Friday from 9 pm to 5 am, and on Friday nights through Saturday mornings from 9 pm to 7 am, according to information from the department.
Work includes repaving and adding striping to the strip, along with cleaning out its drains and pipes. The overhaul will help improve safety on the busy boulevard, which is also in the midst of another $8.5 million overhaul to improve pedestrian ramps, crosswalks, and traffic signals, and forbid right and left turns to and from the parkway, said the commissioner for the State Department of Transportation.
“This project is part of the Department of Transportation’s ongoing work to ensure the safety of everyone who travels along Ocean Parkway,” said Matthew Driscoll. “Paving this road is an investment that will benefit the entire community.”
Fines are doubled for motorists speeding in a work zone, the state warns.
One of the longest — and most sped about — roads in Brooklyn, Ocean Parkway has recently been in the news thanks to controversies regarding the speed limit on the strip, and the placement of right turn lanes.
Of course, it is also home to the first bicycle lane ever created by man.