2008-10-31 / Letters

Unnecessary Traffic Signal

Dear Editor,

As I was stopped at a red light at the newly installed Beach Channel Drive and Beach 104 Street traffic signal, I realized that no pedestrians ever cross the street at this intersection. That is not surprising since there is nothing on the north side of Beach Channel Drive but a sidewalk and a cyclone fence. Apparently, there is no need for a traffic signal at this intersection.

If a signal is desired just for the sake of having one, it should be a push button type which initiates a red light only on request. This would allow traffic to flow freely over 99 percent of the time.

EDWIN QUINN

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Dear Mr. Quinn, in reply to your letter to the editor which appeared in the wave on October 31, 2008, please note that there are several reasons why there is a traffic light at the corner of Beach 104th Street and Beach Channel Drive. First, there is a School there “The Scholars Academy ". If you have been unfortunate enough to be stuck at the stop sign at Beach 104th Street in a car or on foot you would understand why a traffic light was installed.
If you are a pedestrian at this intersection, you cannot cross the street, going in any direction.
If you are in your vehicle, NO ONE will let you turn the corner, either east or west onto Beach Channel Drive. You know the drill, if another driver happens to see you with your blinker on, they go faster, not permitting you to cross the intersection or turn the corner. You could be either left in the middle of the road or side swiped, both are dangerous. Having the traffic light also permits parents and neighborhood residents to make a left turn onto Beach 103rd Street from Beach Channel Drive.
Mr. Quinn, please take a few moments from your very busy day to absorb the activities at the streets of Beach 103rd Street, 104th Street, and Beach Channel Drive, especially during the morning rush and the evening rush. I believe if you stop there for just 10 minutes you will understand why parents and residents requested there be a traffic light at Beach 104th Street and Beach Channel Drive.
As an aside, I will admit that the sequencing or timing of the traffic lights along Beach Channel Drive, for that matter most of Rockaway is horrible. There is only one sequence, and it is not changed for off hours or rush hour, like Cross Bay Blvd. Perhaps, that is something we could work on.
Respectfully,
JoAnn Simonelli



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