MidVille traffic fix
by Daniel Bush
Sep 02, 2009 | 2393 views | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has implemented plans to alleviate traffic congestion in Middle Village, at the behest of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

Crowley has pressed the city on the issue since taking office in January.

The councilwoman called on DOT to investigate traffic problems on 80th Street from Furmanville Avenue to Cooper Avenue earlier this month.

The DOT followed with an investigation that found the traffic signals on 80th Street between Furmanville and Cooper avenues are operating correctly.

However, the study did find that the traffic signals at the intersections of Dry Harbor Road, 80th Street, and Furmanville Avenue were operating too slowly, causing delays and congestion.

In a letter to Crowley, DOT Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy outlined measures taken by the department to fix the problem. McCarthy said signal time for northbound traffic on 80th Street and southbound traffic on Dry Harbor Road has been increased by 11 seconds in the morning and six seconds after noon.

In addition, McCarthy said, the signal time for eastbound traffic on 80th Street and westbound traffic on Furmanville Avenue,has been increased by six seconds in the evening.

“This should help to alleviate the problems outlined in your letter,” McCarthy wrote to Crowley.

“I am pleased with DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy’s quick turnaround with addressing the excessive traffic conditions on 80th Street,” Crowley said in a statement. “As a city official, alleviating the traffic issues within the area I represent has always been, and will remain, a priority of mine.”

Crowley said the 30th District has other traffic issues she hopes to address as well. She singled out problem areas along 69th Street, Fresh Pond Road, and Metropolitan and Grand avenues.

“For too long, too many traffic issues within council district 30 have been neglected,” Crowley said. “I will continue to hold the DOT accountable for addressing the traffic on our streets and intersections.”

And the case isn’t closed for 80th Street either, said Crowley. She said a traffic study done later in the fall, when more people are on the road, could reveal further problems that might need more fixing than a simple traffic signal update.

“I will continue to work with Ms. McCarthy and the DOT to ensure the traffic on 80th street runs better and more efficiently,” Crowley said.

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