2011-01-28 / Top Stories

DOT To Finally Fix Westbourne/Dunbar Guardrail Hazard

By Miriam Rosenberg


Queens DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy discusses plans to fix the guardrail and light on Westbourne Avenue and Dunbar Street during a meeting at the Bayswater Jewish Center on Monday. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. Queens DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy discusses plans to fix the guardrail and light on Westbourne Avenue and Dunbar Street during a meeting at the Bayswater Jewish Center on Monday. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. The Department of Transportation is set to fix a year-and-a-half old safety hazard – the downed guardrail at the corner of Bayswater Avenue and Dunbar Street, a short and dangerous hill that leads to the bay, The Wave has learned.

The news came during an appearance by Mayor Bloomberg and his commissioners at the Bayswater Jewish Center on Monday. In answer to a question about the downed guardrail and its attached light, the Department of Transportation’s Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy told residents her department had been out to the site that morning.

“We had hoped to put [in] flexible reflective bollards, which are not as good as a guardrail, because as you know the road has crumbled and the rail is now sitting on the sandy waterfront. We hope to put these flexible bollards in, in the next week or so. As an interim we may be putting a jersey barrier up, but I have to get an engineer out here to see if the road can support it because it’s in very bad shape.”

In an interview with The Wave after the meeting McCarthy said that while “a permanent fix will take a long time” using the jersey barriers or flexible bollards will make the road safe. She described the white flexible bollards as reflective “so people know there’s a street end there.”

“I had hoped that they could place the barricades today but they didn’t think they could do it because there’s a snow mound … so they’re going to go back,” said McCarthy.

She promised to “get a safety type of setup done within the next week or two.”

The Wave reported on the problem in its June 4 issue last year. At that time, residents had brought the downed guardrail and light to the newspaper’s attention in what they were calling a safety hazard, because the guardrail had no posts warning drivers that they could drive into the bay. One resident said it had been in that condition for almost a year and the DOT did not get back to her when she contacted them. The commissioner could not answer why the repair has taken so long.

On Tuesday, the DOT contacted The Wave to say work crews would be at the site this week.

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