Children and public figures rally to add stop signs by LIC public school
Some Queens students want to teach a lesson to the New York City Department of Transportation.
They kids joined parents, neighbors, and elected leaders at the corner of 48th Avenue and Center Boulevard in Long Island City to put up their own stop sign and draw their own crosswalk using chalk.
They’re calling for safety measures at the corner in front of PS/IS 78 and Gantry Plaza State Park.
“Too often drivers treat Center Boulevard as a speedway,” said NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “For years the Department of Transportation has denied the community’s requests to have traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures installed along this growing residential street. Our concerns cannot continue to be ignored. Now is the time to act. We cannot wait until someone is killed or seriously injured.”
“One look around this neighborhood and anyone can see the growth reflected by the many people moving here to raise their families,” said new York State Senator Michael Gianaris. “Nothing is more important than protecting our kids, and that job is not done until they can get to and from school safely.”
The NYC DOT evaluated the intersection last year and found the amount of traffic did not warrant additional measures. New buildings have opened in the area in the past few months and more are going up.
A DOT spokesperson says the agency will study the roadway again and have an announcement in the next few weeks because safety is the number one priority. DOT is also working on capital projects to reconstruct Hunters Point streets and address the recent growth in the area.