2012-03-23 / Top Stories

CBB Guard Rail Installation Starting

By Nicholas Briano

The scene of last week’s deadly Cross Bay Boulevard accident. The scene of last week’s deadly Cross Bay Boulevard accident. The pedestrian guard rail project along Cross Bay Boulevard which was approved by the City Council last June has been assigned to a contractor and installation should begin next month, according to local sources.

The rail is going to be installed through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge between Broad Channel and the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, the rails will extend from the bridge to East 1 Road in Broad Channel.

The guard rails are the latest effort DOT is making to improve safety along the dangerous corridor which is frequently prone to speedy motorists and deadly motor vehicle accidents. Early last year, DOT narrowed the corridor from three lanes to two; a move they claimed would help reduce speeding. But it was just last week when a speeding motorist died after his car spun out of control along the stretch of road and flipped onto the sidewalk, eventually smashing into a tree.

The guard rails are meant to improve pedestrian safety for those who frequent the walking and biking path. Strong requests by the community were made after a woman and her dog were killed walking through the wildlife refuge in 2009 as a car spun out of control and flipped onto the sidewalk.

Speeding has been an issue through the area that has few traffic lights and too little police presence to enforce speed limits. The guard rails were funded by Councilmember Eric Ulrich who took action after Broad Channel residents voiced their concerns to him.

“This is long overdue. Unfortunately, we know all too well how dangerous Cross Bay Boulevard can be, especially at night and during heavy rainfall,” Ulrich said last June when he found out the funding had been approved. “Guardrails will help protect pedestrians and cyclists who are currently at the mercy of speeding cars. There is no doubt in my mind that this will help save lives.”

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