2005-07-22 / Front Page


By Brian Magoolaghan

The Department of Transportation will study two spots on Shore Front Parkway in the wake of a deadly drag racing crash that happened along a stretch devoid of traffic signals, a spokesperson confirmed.

The intersections at Beach 81 and Beach 84 Streets will immediately undergo a traffic signal study, DOT spokesperson Craig Chin confirmed.

DOT’s decision comes amid criticism from City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, who has repeatedly petitioned the agency for signals in those and other locations.

“We gave them a heads up,” said Addabbo, who suggested that additional traffic signals could have deterred the drag racing that caused a death on Shore Front Parkway this week.

The parkway is clear of traffic signals from Beach 74 Street to Beach 94 Street. Addabbo first requested a traffic light on Beach 77 Street in a letter to DOT dated October 2004. Chin said DOT received other requests from the councilman regarding Beach 81 and 84 Streets.

“My constituents are afraid there will be a tragic accident there because this has become a speedway for motorcycle racing and speeding cars,” Addabbo says in that letter.

A response from Constance Moran, DOT Queens Borough Commissioner, dated February 28, 2005, said “traffic signals are unwarranted at this time.” Moran also sent a request to the 100 Precinct asking police to “enforce and monitor the 30 mph New York City speed limit.”

DOT’s response came after an analysis was concluded in February, which considered “factors such as vehicular and pedestrian volumes, accident experience, vehicular speeds, visibility and signal spacing,” according to Moran’s letter.

Those criteria make up part of eight so-called “warrants” outlined in the Federal Highway Administration codes, Chin told The Wave.

But Addabbo says federal guidelines should not be the sole determining factor.

“We should rely on the residences’ experiences there, too,” said Addabbo, who sent another request to DOT earlier this summer.

The DOT launched a traffic study in Breezy Point earlier this year after an 18-year-old pedestrian was killed. Several improvements have since gone into place there.

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