The traffic safety measures were added at 43rd Avenue and 47th Street, an intersection that has seen 16 injuries over six years due to crashes. The nursery school sits just up the block, and the 46th Street station on the 7 line is just one street away.
“If it saves one child from even a scare, not to mention a crash or injury, then we’ve done our jobs,” he said. “There’s nothing that I do as a council member that is more important than keeping our children safe and secure in our neighborhoods.”
Queens DOT Commissioner Nicole Garcia said it was important to add the safety measure just as the new school year began. She said the traffic signal is now operational.
“This signal is really important because it better assigns the right of way,” she said. “We’re also installing pedestrian signs that will help kids and seniors know when to cross.”
Tammy Rose, executive director of Little Friends, said part of keeping her students safe is teaching them about how to cross the street safely.
“It’ll be much easier to do so now that we have a traffic light at the end of our block,” Rose said. “A traffic light that will slow traffic and also tell them when they can cross the street.”