2005-05-27 / Community

DOT Conducts BCD Walk-through

By Miriam Rosenberg

Contributing Editor

Representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Councilman James Sanders, Jr. and neighborhood advocate Barbara Hillary took a walking tour along Beach Channel Drive from Beach 75 Street to the corner of Amstel Boulevard at Beach 71 Street recently to speak with merchants about some of the problems they face.

Many business owners complained about the lack of parking for customers in the area. Recently, the police have cracked down on ‘no parking’ along Beach 74 to Beach 75 Streets.

A partially downed telephone pole that gives the impression it is about to slam into a tree catches the attention of the group – including Sgt. O’Neill (who called in notification of the fallen pole) of the 100 Precinct and Councilman James Sanders, Jr. The pole is located outside the Far Rockaway Head Start building on Beach 72nd Street.
A partially downed telephone pole that gives the impression it is about to slam into a tree catches the attention of the group – including Sgt. O’Neill (who called in notification of the fallen pole) of the 100 Precinct and Councilman James Sanders, Jr. The pole is located outside the Far Rockaway Head Start building on Beach 72nd Street. “The whole area is not supposed to have any parking,” said Sgt. O’Neill of the 100 Precinct, during the May 24 tour of the area.

Making things confusing is a faded “no parking” sign between those streets that not even the police realized was there.

Sgt. O’Neill (101 Precinct), Sam Barkho (DOT Highway Design and Construction), C. Peter Goslett (DOT’s Queens Borough Commissioner’s office) and Councilman Sanders on the median at Beach Channel Drive and Amstel Boulevard. The DOT representatives were asked to put more signs on the median.
Sgt. O’Neill (101 Precinct), Sam Barkho (DOT Highway Design and Construction), C. Peter Goslett (DOT’s Queens Borough Commissioner’s office) and Councilman Sanders on the median at Beach Channel Drive and Amstel Boulevard. The DOT representatives were asked to put more signs on the median. The owner of Affordable Auto Sales called the sign bogus.

He told C. Peter Goslett, of the DOT, that the sign was put up several years ago when a bingo hall was in the area.

Goslett, the director of community affairs for the DOT’s Queens Borough Commissioner’s office said the DOT is doing research on the sign.

The corner of Beach Channel Drive and Amstel Boulevard already has a walkway cut into it.  Barkho of the DOT, explained that a traffic signal is to be install at the corner. The only question is when?
The corner of Beach Channel Drive and Amstel Boulevard already has a walkway cut into it. Barkho of the DOT, explained that a traffic signal is to be install at the corner. The only question is when? The closing of Rockaway Freeway in the area has caused a safety concern for the owners of T & M Auto Parts on Beach 75th Street. They believe that the painted median near their store has made driving in the area more hazardous.

The visitors from the DOT explained that the purpose of the median is to protect cars making left turns and to narrow the roadway. At the current time, the DOT doesn’t see a reason to make changes.

In other matters, Sam Barkho – of DOT Highway Design and Construction – said that a traffic signal is due to be installed on the corner of Beach Channel Drive and Amstel Boulevard. DOT representatives say it could be a few years away, but it is scheduled to take place.

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