Maspeth's dangerous intersection
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Dear Editor:

A traffic light or speed bump is seriously needed at the intersection of 60th Road and 60th Street in Maspeth.  Crossing there is dangerous.

Cars fly on 60th Street because there is no traffic light from 59th Drive to Metropolitan Avenue.  They want to beat the lights.

There is a stop sign at 60th Street and 62nd Avenue, but few drivers stop for that too if the light is green at Metropolitan Avenue a block away.

There is a stop sign when you come down 60th Road at 60th Street but drivers turn or keep going straight down 60th Road even though they see a car coming up 60th Street and that's when they crash. 

There have been numerous accidents at this intersection over the years.  The last accident a few months ago required the jaws of life to extract the driver of one of the vehicles involved.  The impact of the crash was so great the force pushed the front seat to the back seat.

I live on 60th Road and I have to tell my daughter when we walk down to the corner to stay away from the curb because I am afraid of a crash because cars jump the curb in the crashes I have seen at this intersection.

One of my neighbors who has lived here for 44 years told me that every civic association in those years has tried to get a traffic light here an ailed.

Assemblywoman Margaret Markey contacted the Department of Transportation (DOT) last summer on behalf of The Maspeth West Block Association to do a trafffic study at this intersection.

I spoke to DOT and they said the traffic study was done last August, but less than 500 or more cars passed by that intersection in one hour.  They said we cannot have another traffic study study done for 18 months after that one.

So sometime in 2011 we can have another one.

I am not surprised that there wasn't much traffic in August because the schools are closed then and people take vacations in that month.

I would be happy even if we could get a speed bump there to slow down these drivers.

I hope there is never a major traffic accident at this intersection where someone dies.

Sincerely,

Charlene L. Stubbs

Maspeth, NY
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