The weekly report for August 17th looks at three examples of community efforts to fix dangerous road conditions throughout Queens.
Politicians Call For Safety Improvements On Grand Central Parkway
Councilman Barry Grodenchik and Assemblyman David Weprin of Queens are asking the state to consider how a dangerous strip of the Grand Central Parkway could be made safer. On Monday, August 14th, the two politicians – along with two others – sent letters to the New York’s state and city departments of transportation, asking them to investigate the strip of highway between Main street and the border with Nassau County.
There have been five deaths and dozens of injuries in several serious accidents on the Grand Central Parkway in 2017. These calls for improvements come after there were two fatal accidents within the past month alone. Community leaders are asking for the installation of median barriers, guardrails, and shoulder rumble strips.
Forest Hills Residents Demanding Changes At Popular Speeding Location
Residents of Forest Hills, Queens are demanding that the city looks into fixing a stretch of 72nd Ave. where drivers frequently speed and cause accidents.
In an interview with the Queens Chronicle, a couple who has lived at the corner of 72nd Avenue and Kessel Street for 18 months claims to have seen at least 10 car accidents since they moved in. After witnessing a particularly horrific 2-car accident involving children, they posted pictures in a community Facebook page and another website, which received many frustrated comments from fellow residents.
The couple plans to submit a physical petition to the Department of Transportation and elected officials, demanding safety improvements along 72nd Avenue.
Community Board Looks To Fix Hazardous Exit Ramp
Queens’ Community Board 5 is attempting to improve safety at a dangerous strip of roadway on the Long Island Expressway (LIE), near an exit ramp at the intersection of the Queens Midtown Tunnel Expressway and Mazeau Street. The danger lies at an empty piece of asphalt where truckers frequently park to rest. This creates a danger for drivers exiting at that ramp.
On August 8th, one of these drivers was killed when his SUV crashed into the back of a parked tractor-trailer. The Board is asking the Department of Transportation to place signs at the location which could stop truckers from parking there. Gary Giordano, the district manager of Community Board 5, also believes that physical barriers would solve the problem.
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