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Katz asks DOT to study corner

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:30 am

Borough President Melinda Katz wants the city Department of Transportation to take another look at the intersection of Rockaway and Lefferts boulevards in South Ozone Park.

Several years ago, Community Board 10 asked the DOT to put left-turn signals at the intersection — one of the busiest in the neighborhood. The agency declined the request, suggesting the level of traffic there does not call for one. The DOT said it would revisit the request for left-turn signals only at Katz’s suggestion.

Dan Brown, a representative from Katz’s office, told CB 10 at its June meeting last Thursday that she has asked Queens DOT Commissioner Dalia Hall to look again at the intersection and the request for left-turn signals.

Many residents and CB 10 members say the intersection is dangerous to drivers and pedestrians. Several years ago a pedestrian was killed at the corner when she was hit by a turning bus. A number of car accidents have taken place there in recent years, many allegedly involving cars making left turns.

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