Maspeth resident wants daylighting on 52nd Drive
by Benjamin Fang
Jan 09, 2019 | 4735 views | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For years, Maspeth resident Ann Marie McGee has been pushing to make the streets near her home safer.

After the Department of Transportation (DOT) converted 70th Street between 54th and 51st avenues into a one-way two years ago, McGee worried about the other narrow roads in the area.

She expressed concern that when cars turn onto roads like 52nd Drive, a two-way street near her house, they may run into trouble.

“We have a blind spot now,” McGee said. “If you make a left in a rush, you’re going to get killed.”

For more than a year, she has reached out to her local representative, the community board and others in hopes of seeing change, but to no avail. The Maspeth resident wants DOT to put up a sign warning motorists to not block the corner because it’s “too tight.”

“We need that so bad,” she said. “It’s only a matter of time, we’re going to have a major accident here.”

Though McGee was opposed to the one-way conversion of 70th Street, she admits that now it’s a bit quieter. She insists that more changes need to be made, including a possible traffic light at 69th Street, a major thoroughfare that leads to Grand Avenue.

“It’s a mess here,” she said. “Nothing better happen to my children going home.”

Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano said they’ve already asked DOT for a signal study on 69th Street. As for 52nd Drive, Giordano said he’ll look more closely at the intersection.

In a statement, a DOT spokesperson said that the DOT studied the area, and proposed area-wide conversions in March 2018. Since then, both Community Board 5 and Community Board 2 have not made a determination. DOT said they encourage people interested in the proposal to share their comments with the community board.

The spokesperson added that 52nd Avenue was not identified as a location to convert into a one-way within the DOT analysis.

Maspeth residents have also noticed that at least three parking spots have been removed from the intersection across from the post office at 69th Street and 55th Avenue.

Giordano said it was done for daylighting, which removes parking spots from street corners to increase visibility for drivers looking to turn safely.

The change should help motorists coming out of 55th Avenue to make a left onto 69th Street.

“If people are parked there, it can inhibit you seeing northbound vehicles on 69th Street,” he said.
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