2011-08-19 / Top Stories

City Turns Back On Signal

By Nicholas Briano


A woman explains to police how an accident back in April was caused at the intersection of Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. A woman explains to police how an accident back in April was caused at the intersection of Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. After agreeing to make the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 108 Street safer with the installation of much-needed turning signals, the city has now revoked its plans, choosing to leave the current traffic regulations in place.

A consistent occurrence of traffic accidents at the intersection initially convinced the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to install a much-needed turning signal by the end of June.

Officials this week, however, made the determination that a left turn signal in both directions of Beach 108 Street is not needed.

“Factors such as peak hour turning movements, accident experience and the availability of gaps in the opposing traffic stream to accommodate turns were all taken into consideration in making our determination,” DOT Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy said in a letter this week to Community Board 14 member Danny Ruscillo. “Based upon an evaluation of the data collected, it is our judgment that a left turn signal is not recommended.”

This is after previous e-mail communications between Ruscillo and DOT guaranteed a light would be installed by the end of June by their Signal Engineering Division. The intersection has been problematic for many years with more than 12 accidents occuring in the past year alone, according to Ruscillo who is also the 100 Precinct Community Council president.

He had been in communication with DOT since last December and was informed by them in March about the installation of the signal, but apparently DOT now has no plans to move forward on the request.

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