A request by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights) to put a traffic signal at 31st Avenue and 81st Street in Jackson Heights has been approved by the city Department of Transportation.
After receiving several complaints from his constituents about what they said was a dangerous corner, he asked the DOT to conduct a study, which was recently completed.
The light should be installed right around the corner from Renaissance Charter School by the end of June.
“Once the traffic signal is in place this dangerous intersection will be much safer for all, especially for the elderly and children crossing this street,” Den Dekker said of an issue that is the city adminstration’s purview, but one city and state lawmakers alike often weigh in on. Nevertheless, his office received the complaints and he took the action.
Pedestrian safety amongst the busy traffic lanes of Jackson Heights continues to be an issue. At a forum earlier this month residents said they want better enforcement against bikes on sidewalks and more protection of the crosswalks.
— Josey Bartlett