Left hanging: Drivers demand left-turn light at hectic intersection - Brooklyn Paper

Left hanging: Drivers demand left-turn light at hectic intersection

All backed up: Marine Parkers such as Stella Panzarino are demanding the city install a left turn signal at the intersection of Avenue U and Gerritsen Avenue.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

They say there’s only one option left.

The city must install a left-turn signal at a Marine Park intersection to prevent traffic pileups and reckless driving, locals are demanding. Drivers looking to turn left onto Avenue U from Gerritsen Avenue have to wait until there is a gap in oncoming traffic, which creates long lines and feisty motorists, locals said.

“If you want to make the left onto Avenue U, you have to wait for several lights to change, because there is so much oncoming traffic,” said Marine Parker Stella Panzarino. “It’s just ridiculous.”

But some speedsters don’t bother to wait, instead driving into oncoming traffic to cut the line, another frustrated commuter said.

“The people are getting so angry behind you and they are going around you to the wrong side of the street and trying to make the left,” said one local who asked to have his name withheld because he works for the city. “It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

The area is particularly glutted with cars, because there is a supermarket at the intersection and because Knapp Street terminates on Gerritsen Avenue nearby, locals said.

The Department of Transportation narrowed Gerritsen Avenue and created a left-turn lane at Avenue U in 2009, which contributed to reduced traffic crashes, according to agency materials. But officials should have given the dedicated lane a dedicated signal, another area resident said.

“Why don’t they have a turning light? said Marine Parker Sheila Hyland. “It’s just difficult — it’s very, very difficult.”

The Department of Transportation did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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