Addabbo: Clean Up Cross Bay Lights
City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, announced that he has written to City Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall asking for an investigation into the timing of the traffic lights on the north and south sides of Crossbay Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard, between 165th Avenue and Jamaica Avenue.
Addabbo wrote to Weinshall on behalf of many of his concerned constituents who had contacted him regarding the traffic build-ups along the entire boulevard. The residents told the councilman that they believe that the traffic lights are out of sync.
"What was once a fine flowing roadway, Crossbay Boulevard traffic has slowed down to a crawl," stated Councilman Addabbo. "For many a simple car ride has turned into a frustrating adventure."
Adding to the current traffic congestion will be the rehabilitation of the Crossbay Boulevard Bridge over Conduit Boulevard, Crossbay Boulevard between North Conduit Avenue and South Conduit Avenue.
At the present time, preparatory work on the bridge is being performed which includes installation of the construction signs, safety concrete barrier at Conduit Boulevard, pruning of trees, removal of trees, construction of footing for temporary pedestrian bridges, erection of temporary pedestrian bridges and relocation of various utilities.
According to DOT the actual construction of the bridge is slated to begin this month. The anticipated completion date is July 15, 2004.
"I believe if the DOT honors my request and adjusts the timing of the traffic lights and makes the appropriate preparations for the upcoming construction, many people would be satisfied with Crossbay Boulevard once again," Addabbo concluded.