See the light
Jan 23, 2019 | 6062 views | 0 0 comments | 510 510 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

In the January 10th edition, there was an article about "daylighting," which is when parking spots are removed near a corner to make better visibility for drivers.

This was recently done on 69th Street and 55 Avenue, but it does little for safety and precious parking spots were removed. What is needed is a traffic light.

People have been asking for a traffic light for years on that corner. Many people have to cross 69th street with the Post Office on one side and stores on the other, including the always busy beer distributer.

Cars and trucks often double park or make U-turns, and postal trucks have to back into the driveway.

With the nearest light on Grand Avenue in one direction and 54th Avenue in the other, that's a lot of space for cars to speed.

Crossing the street can be deadly. In fact, about 12 years ago a postal worker died standing in the middle of 69th Street. The DOT's answer was to make a painted median, as if that was going to save someone from getting hit.

The Department of Transportation says a light is not warranted, but there are other intersections along 69th Street with a lot less activity that have a traffic light.

The people of Maspeth need a traffic light there, as well as those precious parking spots.


Richard Polgar


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