Duane Reade Follows DOT Prescription
Pharmacy giant Duane Reade made several changes to the intersection in front of their store with the approval and oversight of the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT).
The changes to the intersection at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive include an angled crosswalk, vehicle stop lines, a painted turn arrow, two pedestrian ramps and signage.
Two "no left turn" signs and an "all traffic right" sign were placed in and around the Duane Reade parking lot, in addition to a stop-sign at the exit of the lot.
The changes are part of a DOT approved remedy to the problems caused by the addition of a new store to the intersection, according to DOT Spokesperson Lisi de Bourbon. Duane Reade employed a traffic consultant, and paid for the changes, she said.
"What they have done seems to make sense," said Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska, who added that if there are still problems, adjustments can be made.
A potentially dangerous traffic condition became apparent after Duane Reade’s parking lot curb cut, the area that sloops down to allow cars to travel over the sidewalk, was constructed. In early May, The Wave reported that representatives from Community Board 14 and the DOT thought the intersection, if left as it was, could be the scene of numerous accidents.
The Wave later reported that Duane Reade installed their curb cut differently than shown in plans approved by the city’s Department of Buildings.
Duane Reade was contacted for this story but did not comment.