DOT Conducts BCD Walk-through
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.
Making things confusing is a faded “no parking” sign between those streets that not even the police realized was there.
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 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.