2006-08-18 / Community

Some See Red As DOT Paints Town White,Yellow

Others Don't Seem To Notice The Changes At All

The Department of Transportation has painted lots of new markings on Rockaway's major roadways this summer season, causing some confusion and a major adjustment period for the motorists who are conscientious enough to follow them. The driver of the Mercury seen here on Tuesday uses the newly painted median to park while grabbing a snack from Bobby's Cusine truck.

Driver of this Honda enters the bicycle lane on Beach Channel Drive while waiting to turn onto Beach 56 Street. Driver of this Honda enters the bicycle lane on Beach Channel Drive while waiting to turn onto Beach 56 Street. Bike lanes are turning up in the darndest places, like this one on Beach 69 Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Rockaway Freeway. The roadway south of the bike lane dead ends at the boardwalk and the lane could not be continued north because the roadway is too narrow. Bike lanes are turning up in the darndest places, like this one on Beach 69 Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Rockaway Freeway. The roadway south of the bike lane dead ends at the boardwalk and the lane could not be continued north because the roadway is too narrow. Traffic goes in all directions at the intersection of the southern end of Beach 108 Street and Shore Front Parkway, where the traffic signals now flash yellow (meaning yield) or red (meaning stop). The area has lots of vehicle and beachgoer traffic going in all directions, leading some to think it's just a matter of time until there's a major accident. Traffic goes in all directions at the intersection of the southern end of Beach 108 Street and Shore Front Parkway, where the traffic signals now flash yellow (meaning yield) or red (meaning stop). The area has lots of vehicle and beachgoer traffic going in all directions, leading some to think it's just a matter of time until there's a major accident. The marking seen here on Beach 59 Street seems to indicate that if you follow it you will reach a bike lane, however, if you follow it, you'll also be in the middle of the road and dangerously close to traffic like the minivan seen here. The marking seen here on Beach 59 Street seems to indicate that if you follow it you will reach a bike lane, however, if you follow it, you'll also be in the middle of the road and dangerously close to traffic like the minivan seen here. Driver of this van ignores the zebra striping that suggests parking is not allowed. Driver of this van ignores the zebra striping that suggests parking is not allowed. Motorist pulls into bike lane to unload passengers on Shore Front Parkway. Motorist pulls into bike lane to unload passengers on Shore Front Parkway. Painted markings (left) eliminate parking against the median on Beach 73 Street. A bike lane and a buffer zone (right) were added to the west side of the street. Painted markings (left) eliminate parking against the median on Beach 73 Street. A bike lane and a buffer zone (right) were added to the west side of the street. Several intersections in Rockaway, like this one at Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive, have been marked to avoid free-for-alls. Several intersections in Rockaway, like this one at Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive, have been marked to avoid free-for-alls. Motorist ignores striping that is supposed to close the median on Shore Front Parkway to traffic. Motorist ignores striping that is supposed to close the median on Shore Front Parkway to traffic.

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