Traffic Light Down But Not Out
I am a 29-year-old young man who writes for an online Queens newspaper called QueensPost.com and also sometimes contributes to a newspaper in Mid-Queens called Queens- Light.com. I live in Howard Beach and wish to share my thoughts with you on an interesting thing I found once on Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard by the Shuttle Train about a month ago.
It was so striking to the eye, but there was a traffic signal with exposed big black wires that was knocked over like by a car accident or something and was left on the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 116 Street for about two months.
My parents and I eat at a Belle Harbor Seafood in the Rockaways and I noticed this when I was coming off the parkway. I noticed that the signal had been knocked down and was laying there.
Well, I went to visit the Rockaways about a month ago and found the signal still there, functioning, on, with big black wires exposed, crashed and smashed into the ground. I dialed 311 and they said they would send someone over to pick up the signal and finally repair it.
I could not believe how a live and working signal could have been left that way for like two and a half months at this location. Firstly, it is a signal to service an intersection that could be important there and secondly, it had all live wiring, big black wires hanging out of the stem of it.
I hope 311 finally picked up the signal that had fallen over there on Beach 116 Street one block away from the seashore. I could not believe how a live signal could have been left that way.
ANTHONY J. TRIMBOLI