On Dec. 1, 2005, two cars collided at the intersection of 81st Street and 95th Avenue in Ozone Park. A sedan ran a stop sign on 81st Street, slamming into a van in the intersection, causing a young girl to be ejected from the van — and killed.
The van was traveling west on 95th Avenue. It did not stop at the intersection because it did not have a stop sign.
That situation is common throughout the neighborhood, where avenues running east-west do not have stop signs or traffic lights at many intersections, forcing traffic traveling on side streets to stop and wait for a clearing. Often, parked cars block the view of waiting cars, causing accidents.
The problem, exacerbated by the neighborhood’s growing driving population, led to the installation of new stop signs and traffic lights in various parts of Ozone Park in recent years. In July, for example, a traffic light was installed at 103rd Avenue and 103rd Street, the scene of a number of serious accidents in the past decade. Residents had been requesting one for years.
But those who live near 95th Avenue are hoping it does not take that long to get a stop sign. Community Board 9 member Etienne David Adorno, who lives a few blocks north in Woodhaven and is currently mounting a challenge to Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) in the Democratic primary, is asking the Department of Transportation to put stop signs along 95th Avenue at 81st Street, where the accident occurred in 2005 and at 80th Street. Both streets are busy north-south thoroughfares between Atlantic and Liberty avenues and the intersections are only a few blocks from PS 64.
Acknowledging it is a city issue, despite his candidacy for state office, Adorno said he wrote the DOT in June and again this week asking for a stop sign and is waiting for a response.
A spokesman for the DOT said it would look into the request. A formal request would have to come from CB9, which does not meet again until next month.