2007-10-05 / Letters

DOT Needs Changes In Rockaway

Dear Editor,

There are many ways the streets of Rockaway could be made safer. For one thing, Rockaway Beach Boulevard could have the median installed from Beach 73 to Beach 90 Street. Also, we should look at Shore Front Parkway.

After numerous accidents and even deaths, the DOT's answer was to make Shore Front Parkway one lane in each direction. While this is fine, it does not fix the problem. The real problem with Shore Front Parkway is the turning lanes. They all turn to nowhere. Most of them are only Uturns. Sure, the DOT painted lines intended to stop people from turning there. But, I see people use those painted spaces all the time to make U-turns. Most of these people then turn into one of the Dayton complexes.

As a long-term solution for Shore Front Parkway, we should look into the following changes:

Starting at Beach 108 Street, moving to the east - a traffic circle should be created at Beach 108 Street (much like the new one at the other end of Shore Front Parkway and Beach 73 Street). Then, the median could be filled and a new turning lane constructed for the first Dayton complex. The old turning lane should be converted to grass.

At Beach 105 Street, a turning lane should be installed. Between Beach 105 and Beach 102 Streets, another turning lane should be constructed for the Dayton complex and the old space in the median should be made into grass.

At Beach 97 Street, the median should be opened and a traffic light installed so that people who travel down Beach 97 Street do not need to make a U-turn on Beach 98 Street in order to go the other way. We need to cut down on U-turns.

At Cross Bay Parkway and Beach 94 Street, the DOT should reopen that section of road and widen it slightly to facilitate a drop-off area.

To make sure people don't use it to skip the traffic light, just put a traffic light where the barricade is and make sure it is in sync with the other light. This way, cars making the turn onto Cross Bay Parkway are not affected.

Beach 93, Beach 91, and Beach 90 Streets should all get breaks in the median. A turning lane should be installed at Beach 90 Street, with another turning lane for the next Dayton complex.

The turning lane for Beach 84 Street is fine, but the one after it that turns to nowhere should be moved a few more yards east to line up with the driveway for the next Dayton complex. And, the one at Beach 81

Street should be

moved west a few yards to actually line up with the street.

Then, another turning lane should be made for the Dayton complexes between Beach 81 and Beach 77 Streets. Beach 77 Street should also get a turning lane. And the last set of Dayton's should have the turning lane moved east a few yards to line it up with the driveway.

So far, this seems like common sense. It is a much better idea than just painting some lines on the street. With Shore Front Parkway now being only one lane in each direction, parking should now be allowed on the south side of the road.

Parking lots should be expanded for beach personnel, instead of parking all over the grass. And the new median could be landscaped with flowers and ornamental grasses (since trees never seem to work, but would be preferable).

I bet if everyone living along Shore Front Parkway wrote a letter to our representatives, things would happen. Let people know how you feel, listen to others and a better Rockaway could be just around the corner.

SCOTT BATTAGLIA

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