2009-05-29 / Letters

108th Street Needs Another Renovation

Dear Editor,

I am extremely concerned about the dangerous intersection of Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. This is the first summer that Beach108 Street has been narrowed to one lane between the boulevard and Shorefront Parkway.

This change in traffic pattern has put drivers in danger, and with the summer approaching, I fear that this will only be made worse by the increase in volume of cars, pedestrians and bikers.

One of the factors contributing to the unsafe nature of this corner is the lack of visibility when making turns onto the boulevard (from both north and south of Beach 108 Street). There really needs to be a turn arrow put in place on the traffic light, or, at the very least, a turning lane in place of curbside street parking.

Since Beach 108 Street is now a single lane, the road gets extremely backed up, especially when most of the drivers heading northbound on 108th are waiting to turn left on to the boulevard. I have seen impatient drivers (who are not making that turn, but just heading north to Beach Channel Drive) swerve around the cars who are waiting to turn, veering their cars into the new bike lane to make their way past the lineup of cars.

Something has to change before there are deadly consequences. I fear that it will only take an accident to bring attention to this dangerous intersection.

When you combine the backup of cars with the limited visibility to oncoming turning traffic, this is the classic case "an accident waiting to happen." Lets take corrective action before that happens.


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