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DOT to expand one-way zone in Jamaica Hills

1 block added on northbound 168th

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:37 pm, Thu Jun 12, 2014.

The city’s Department of Transportation has agreed to extend a one-way section of 168th Street in the wake of an accident that badly injured a 16-year-old student at a Jamaica Hills religious school.

Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Akhter Hussain of the Jamaica Muslim Center said Tuesday that a northbound one-way zone existing between Hillside and Highland avenues, will be extended to include the block running between Highland and Gothic Drive.

Mahmudur Sarkar, a student at the Jamaica Muslim Center, sustained serious head and leg injuries in an accident when he was struck by a vehicle on April 22.

“We’ve been trying for this since before the accident, since I was the assemblyman representing the area,” Lancman said.

Lancman said according to his conversations with the DOT, drivers heading south on 169th who now turn on Highland will have to do so on Gothic Drive.

Lancman said it is not a route heavily traveled by trucks, and that those making local deliveries in the neighborhood should not be affected. DOT representatives did not respond to an inquiry from the Chronicle prior to Wednesday’s deadline to determine a date for implementation.

Hussain said Tuesday that he also had heard the good news from Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows).

He said Sarkar is doing well but still has a long period of treatment and rehabilitation ahead of him.

“He is now in a hospital in Manhattan,” he said. “His family is still hopeful that he will recover, but he has a long way to go.”

Hussain for his part believes the one-way extension, which now will include the street in front of the center, is not enough, particularly when the nearby Jamaica High School campus lets out afternoons, along with his center’s own students and members. He would like to see speed bumps

No information was available from the DOT as to how traffic impact would be handled on Gothic Drive as it passes the high school.

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