The chance for improvements at the corner of Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard seem bleak.
The Friends of LeFrak Library, the Parent Teacher Organization at PS 206 two blocks away and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) have been asking for a crossing guard there for years. But the NYPD said it is a secondary location to the guard stationed at 99th Street and even though the funding is there the department doesn’t have enough employed crossing guards to dispatch.
Peralta sent a letter to the Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan asking for other improvments.
She replied last Friday, saying all necessary markings are in place and that a flashing beacon at the intersection indicating a reduced speed is not feasible because of multiple lanes. She also said the school is not close enough to merit the device. Advocates have disagreed in the past, saying many of the students from PS 206 cross at that corner to get home to LeFrak City.
She agreed with a plan to install speed cameras, but that proposal has stalled in Albany.