BY NATHAN DUKE
Northeast Queens elected officials are calling on the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to install traffic-calming measures at an intersection near Flushing’s PS 120.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) are urging the DOT to revisit a request to implement traffic-calming measures at 58th Road and 136th Street, which they said is a frequent spot for “close calls.”
Rozic had contacted the DOT in March to request that the agency take some action to ensure safety at the intersection. In December, the DOT responded that after completing a traffic study, it was determined that the intersection did not merit any traffic-calming measures.
“Administrators, teachers and parents worry daily that a collision will occur, and the current speed-limit sign has not proven effective enough to protect their children.” Rozic said.
Aside from one speed-limit sign, the intersection near the school does not have any indicators for drivers to slow down. Legislators are calling on the DOT to install speed bumps or stop signs at the site.
Parents of students said they have witnessed numerous incidents during which students were nearly injured at the intersection.
“I drop off my children and pick them up daily and I have seen many near calls where students are almost clipped or run over by speeding vehicles heading eastbound on 58th Road,” said Michael Pineda, a parent of two young children at PS 120.
In a statement, the DOT said that it has extended the 15-mile-per-hour slow zone on 58th Road from 134th Street to 138th Street.