Nov. 12, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
The Dept. of Transportation will put new stop signs up near three schools in College Point later this month following pleas from concerned parents and community leaders.
The all-way stop signs will be placed at intersections close to M.S. 379, P.S. 029 and P.S. 129, according to elected officials who have been urging the agency to improve road safety in the area.
Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, State Senator John Liu and Council Member Paul Vallone announced Thursday that the DOT will install the signs at the intersection of 124th Street and 14th Avenue, near MS. 379—and at the intersection of 126th Street and 23rd Avenue, near P.S. 029. The stop signs will also go up at 129th Street and 9th Avenue, which is by P.S. 129.
The DOT informed the lawmakers earlier this week that the signs will go up within two weeks. All-way stop signs require drivers on all approaches to an intersection to stop before proceeding.
The announcement comes 12 months after the legislators penned a joint letter to the DOT requesting the agency look into installing new traffic safety measures near the schools. The lawmakers asked the DOT to conduct a study.
Parents, residents and school administrators have long called for the measures given the institutions are situated near tight thoroughfares and major traffic corridors. They argue that without the traffic safety changes, students attending the schools – as well as drivers – are at a higher risk of being involved in a traffic incident.
Rosenthal said the upcoming changes will benefit the entire College Point community.
“These traffic safety measures will help ensure children arrive and depart safely from their school day while also providing an extra element of driver safety,” Rosenthal said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Liu said that keeping children safe is the highest responsibility of the government.
“These stop signs will go a long way towards keeping kids safe as they go to and from their school,” Liu said.