2004-04-23 / Front Page

DOT Promises Review Of No Parking Signs

By Howard Schwach

The Department of Transportation will review the placement of the "No Parking Any Time" signs that were placed along Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 126 Street to Beach 139 Street on the day prior to Easter.

That review will take place "after the busiest part of the summer" in order to ascertain the impact the signs have on the community.

"Connie Moran, the Queens representative for the DOT confirmed that Iris Weinshal (the DOT Commissioner) has said that she wants to go through the busiest part of the summer, and then review the signs," said Jonathan Gaska, the District Manager for Community Board 14.

Gaska said that the letters and email he has been receiving show that west end residents are largely in favor of the new signs.

"Belle Harbor residents are running about 3 to 1 in favor of the signs," Gaska told The Wave. "In Rockaway Park, it’s more like 2 to 1."

According to Gaska, the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), which designed the project, wanted "No Standing Any Time" signs placed in the area, which would have made it impossible to even stop and drop somebody off. He says the less-restrictive signs were placed at the insistence of the community board.

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, who represents the impacted area, said that he was told by the DOT that the agency "would look to reevaluate the new no parking plan in four months."

"Whether you are in favor of the signs, or opposed to them, this is an important issue that needs to be addressed by the city agencies involved," Addabbo said, adding that he would call Weinshal personally to request the reevaluation be made in a timely manner.

"The DDC said that the roadway would be much safer without parking," Addabbo said. "If Rockaway Beach Boulevard turns into a drag strip, however, then we have a real problem."

A spokesperson for the DOT said on Wednesday that he would check with the commissioner and get back to The Wave. At press time, there was no return call from the agency.

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