tliIn response to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) and Councilman Donovan Richards’ (D-Far Rockaway) request for traffic calming devices on Beach 9th Street and Roosevelt Court, which at times becomes a dangerous speedway, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to install additional traffic signals by September 30th.

“I am proud to announce the Department of Transportation has listened to the concerns of our community and decided to take the necessary corrective actions,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “Installing traffic control devices at this intersection will deter drivers from using this stretch of road as a personal speedway, and allow for easier crossing for student walking to Bnos Bais Yaakov.”

“The behavior of motorists at the intersection at Beach 9th and Roosevelt Court continues to pose great danger to pedestrians,” said Councilman Donovan Richards. “I applaud the Department of Transportation’s effort to install new lights and promote safety for drivers and those traveling on foot.”

For several years, residents have filed complaints with the DOT and 311 regarding the absence of traffic calming measures to slow down speeding vehicles at Beach 9th Street and Roosevelt Court. The lack of traffic devices made the location a neighborhood hazard for local students and drivers, noted Goldfeder and Richards.

Queens Borough Commissioner, Dalila Hall, responded to the elected official’s request in a letter stating that DOT has completed their study regarding the need for additional traffic controls at the intersection on Beach 9th Street and Roosevelt Court and a traffic signal has been approved at this location. Installation will be performed by contract and the work is tentatively scheduled to be completed by September 30th, added Hall.

“This has been a dangerous location for years,” said Jonathan Gaska, District Manager of Community Board 14. “We are pleased that it has finally been addressed.”
“Installing additional traffic devices is a much needed protective measure for our community,” concluded Goldfeder and Richards. “I am positive this is the right measure to slow down drivers and improve resident’s safety.”

(YWN Desk – NYC)

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  1. There’s a traffic light three short blocks away at Cornaga and another two short blocks away at Hicksville. I’m not convinced that yet another light is needed at this location.

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