WHITESTONE, NY—Commercial trucks aren't supposed to cut through residential streets, but it happens all the time on 5th Avenue in Malba gardens, big rigs barreling down street.
"We have the box trucks (passing through) all day everyday," said Alfredo Centola president of the Malba Gardens Civic Association. Centola regularly sends photos to local officials and the New York State Department of Transportation.
For years Centola has been lobbying get the roadway changed to a one way street.
That would stop trucks that get off the last exit before the Whitestone Bridge from turning down 5th Avenue, instead diverting them to 3rd Avenue.
"There are over 25 children that live on this block under the age of 15," Centola told PIX11 News, "They can't play on the front lawn."
He and the others on 5th Avenue are finally getting their wish, the big rigs will be barred from the street.
However, in order for those changes to come about, Councilman Dan Halloran says the exit will be completely shut down during a 2-year rehabilitation of the Whitestone Bridge.
Councilman Halloran says the last thing they want to do is take the problem here and dump it on another street, so the council is in talks with the DOT to find a permanent solution.