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City urged to address ‘dangerous’ streets

Goldfeder says traffic calming needed

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Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:27 am, Mon Feb 27, 2012.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) is urging city officials to do something about a Lindenwood intersection after numerous residents voiced concerns about the junction.

Goldfeder recently sent a letter to Queens Department of Transportation Commissioner Maura McCarthy, requesting an investigation into what he called “the dangerous convergence” at 88th Street and 153rd Avenue. Goldfeder and area residents said they are hoping the city could install a median or traffic-calming circle.

According to Goldfeder, the three-way intersection is not up to snuff for the neighborhood, with a painted triangle and signage that presently direct traffic being difficult to follow. He added that the signs frequently go unnoticed by drivers.

“This intersection is a constant danger and eyesore for the community,” Goldfeder said in a prepared statement. “Our families should not have to deal with unsafe conditions as they go about their daily lives. The intersection creates a dangerous environment for motorists and pedestrians alike.”

Once a number of residents and civic leaders expressed concerns about the corner, Goldfeder said he suggested placing several barriers along the center of the intersection to properly direct the flow of traffic.

“It’s been dangerous for a long time,” said Frank Gulluscio, an area resident and civic leader. “People don’t look; it’s a serious accident waiting to happen.”

Goldfeder also sent a letter to Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski because Goldfeder said he’d like to see a green space built in the area.

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