Sanders,DOT Announce Left Turn Light For Dangerous Far Rock Intersection
After years of witnessing accidents, area residents welcomed news that the Department of Transportation has approved a new left turn signal for a dangerous intersection at Beach 9 Street and Seagirt Boulevard.
Donovan Richards stood in for Councilman James Sanders Jr., who was in the city on business, at the announcement on the evening of November 8.
"Through Councilman Sanders' efforts, the DOT has approved a [new left hand] signal," said Richards, the district manager for Sanders. "Residents won't have to be afraid to cross the street anymore."
Richards pointed out that the intersection is a major thoroughfare into Nassau County, including Long Beach and through Far Rockaway. The intersection is also close to Sand Castle Apartments (formerly known as Roy Reuther Houses), where many seniors live, as well as by a park on Beach 9 Street.
Sylvia Marcario is the president of the Sand Castle's tenant's association.
"Coming down 878 during the summer, you see people race through," said Marcario, about the vehicles she sees rushing through the intersection. "I'm here 14 years, and there are at least three, four accidents a year."
Sender Schwartz recalled two accidents that occurred at the spot.
"Two years ago my wife had an accident making a turn, and three months later, my daughter had an accident," said Schwartz, who added that the fight for a new light has gone on for at least 10 years.
Esther Baun said she has seen accidents involving buses and cars. Her daughter also talked about the area near her home.
"The parents got together in groups to [tell the city] how crazy things were," said Adina Baun, 15. "It is really bad. Finally, now, we have someone who will put in a new signal."
Sanders, in a statement, said, "Today we may have saved someone's life because the people stayed united and didn't give up the fight. I thank the Department of Transportation for their vision and look forward to working with them to ensure the safety of the people of the 31st District."
According to a letter from the DOT's Queens Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy to Sanders, the left turn signal is expected to be installed by December 31.