2005-12-02 / Community

Motorists: SFP Parking Often Confusing, Dangerous

By Howard Schwach

An SUV parked close to Beach 84 Street and Shore Front Parkway blocks the vision of people exiting that street to move onto the parkway. It is impossible for those motorists to monitor oncoming traffic until they are out onto the parkway.An SUV parked close to Beach 84 Street and Shore Front Parkway blocks the vision of people exiting that street to move onto the parkway. It is impossible for those motorists to monitor oncoming traffic until they are out onto the parkway.

  • Early last week, a motorist driving eastbound on Shore Front Parkway heading for St. Rose of Lima Church decided to make a left turn onto Beach 84 Street. When he saw the flashing red light in his rear-view mirror, however, he wondered what he had done wrong.
  • What that motorist, and many others like him, had done was to cross over the solid yellow line that was recently painted by the Department of Transportation at that location, a violation of the state’s Vehicle and Traffic Laws.

    “How can they not allow a left turn there without putting signs or anything else,” the man, who asked to remain anonymous asked The Wave. “We could always turn there and then they painted the yellow line and now we have to pay more than $100 and get a moving violation on our licenses just so that we get to church.”

    These yellow lines at Beach 84 Street and Shore Front Parkway are confusing. Motorists driving eastbound on SFP cannot legally make a left turn towards St. Rose of Lima Church (top right of photograph) without risking a ticket although that turn has always been legal in the past.These yellow lines at Beach 84 Street and Shore Front Parkway are confusing. Motorists driving eastbound on SFP cannot legally make a left turn towards St. Rose of Lima Church (top right of photograph) without risking a ticket although that turn has always been legal in the past. Confusing? Many motorists wonder why the yellow lines were necessary at a street where turns have never been a problem.

    Those motorists point out other problems with Shore Front Parkway driving as well.

    One motorist recently took a Wave editor on a quick tour of the parkway’s problems.

    While many of the street corners have yellow curbs that do not allow parking nearby the cross streets, that rule is often not observed because parking is so difficult to find and because many of the “No Parking To Corner” signs are missing. That causes cars driving south coming from the cross streets to inch out into

    SFP without being able to see the oncoming traffic. There have been a number of fender-benders on those cross street resulting from an inability to see what is coming.

    We found that the same is true when exiting any of the many apartment complexes from Beach 74 Street to Beach 108 Street.

    “You just can’t see the oncoming cars until you are into the parkway,” the motorist said as we waited for a break in traffic while exiting 107-10 Shore Front Parkway. “They really should keep cars from parking right on the cross streets and on the complex entrances.”

    City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr., who represents the impacted area, said that he is aware of the problems and is working with the Department of Transportation to remediate them.

    There have been a number of fatal accidents on that stretch of road in recent months and local residents and politicians have been working to get more traffic lights installed there.

    “We should also put lights at all the building complex exits,” the motorist added. “That would allow people to safely leave their apartment buildings.”

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