2012-05-18 / Top Stories

DOT Will Remove Shore Front Speed Humps

By Nicholas Briano

Starting last Thursday afternoon New York City Department of Transportation crews began installing speed humps along Shorefront Parkway from Beach 73 Street to Beach 84 Street in order to slow down motorists who often use the thoroughfare to speed up and down the peninsula.

The problem is, however, no one seemed to want them. Community Board 14, elected officials and residents never requested them. In addition, none of the above was ever notified prior to installation. But in a surprising turn of events, DOT announced on Wednesday that the speed humps will be removed by the end of the weekend.

The announcement came from Dolores Orr of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association whose members were upset about the lack of input they had in the placement of the speed humps that were placed near St. Rose of Lima School.

“We [Rockaway Beach Civic] wrote a very strong letter to DOT,” Orr told The Wave on Wednesday. “They will be removed in the next few days.”

Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska says it was bad public policy by DOT. He spoke to the agency’s Queens Borough commissioner Maura McCarthy on Monday morning. According to Gaska, she apologized for the lack of notification but basically offered no reprieve from the situation until he again spoke to her on Wednesday morning.

“Apparently this is a citywide program to reduce speeding around school zones,” Gaska said on Monday. “She apologized for not informing us. The board did not request these and she said they cannot be removed. DOT is not interested in the opinion of the community on these issues, which is a shame.”

He continued to explain the lengthy process a community has to go through in order to request a speed hump. Those requests, however, often fall on deaf ears while DOT decides, on the community’s behalf, what is necessary to increase public safety in a particular community.

“Most of the speed humps were requested by the community board, up until about two years ago. Since then, they haven’t sought our opinion and quite frankly it’s really bad public policy.”

Even Gaska was surprised to hear that DOT listened to the community’s concerns.

“No one requested these speed humps, not the Community Board, Rockaway Beach Civic or the school.”

City Councilman Eric Ulrich says he wasn’t told anything either, and most likely because the community would have objected.

“I am extremely disappointed that they didn’t consult with me or the community board,” Ulrich told The Wave. “It’s not right for DOT to come in the middle of the night and not even tell anyone they are coming into a community. It’s inexcusable. I could think of a lot more places that can use speed bumps other than Shore Front Parkway.”

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