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Beep to city: Fix unsafe Stuard Street intersection!

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The Beep is on board!

Borough President Adams penned a letter to the city earlier this month demanding it come up with a plan for much-needed safety improvements along a notorious Avenue S speedway that’s just a few feet from a Marine Park school after it vetoed locals’ request for a stop sign.

“This is of particular concern to me, because this area is very close to JHS 278 Marine Park and a local park where students and families reside,” The Beep said in his Nov. 2 letter. “I want to ensure that all safety measures and enhancements are explored to improve traffic calming in the neighborho­od.”

Locals have been begging the Department of Transportation for more than a decade to put up a stop sign near Avenue S because motorists hit the gas along the parkside thoroughfare, putting the youngsters who walk to and from school in harm’s way.

Demands intensified two months ago when a concerned Stuart Street resident asked Mayor DeBlasio directly to put in the red octagon during a town hall in Sheepshead Bay. Hizzoner promised a study to look at whether it was necessary, but the Department of Transportation nixed the stop-sign request, and instead said it would install a “No Standing Anytime” sign to improve pedestrians’ visibility when crossing, while continuing to study the intersection.

And this one better yield a better plan for the crossroads, said Adams, who suggested so-called “neckdowns,” painted-on sidewalk extensions, and raised intersections to reduce drivers’ speed.

“I would ask that NYC DOT investigate all alternative solutions to a dangerous intersection if they deem a stop sign to not be appropriate for the area,” he said in the letter.

One Stuart Street resident who had been fighting with the city for nearly 15 years to get a stop sign, and even started a petition in 2011, said he ultimately gave up when year after year nothing was ever done. But now he’s putting newfound hope in The Beep’s advocacy to finally make the city install some much-needed safety improvements.

“I just don’t understand what’s the big deal. They come down that block flying — no exaggeration, 80 miles an hour,” said John Westbay. “Let’s keep our fingers crossed.”

The Department of Transportation has yet to respond to Adam’s missive, according to his spokesman. But the city received his letter and is reviewing his suggestions to improve traffic calming in the neighborhood, said a spokeswoman for the city agency.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, November 24, 2017
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