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Light-bulb moment! New traffic signal at deadly Kensington intersection

Sign of the times: The Department of Transportation installed a new signal outside PS 130 and MS 839 on Caton Avenue at E. Eighth Street in Kensington.
Photo by Louise Wateridge

They’re shining a light on road safety — and also Caton Avenue.

Kensington parents praised the city for installing a new traffic signal outside two local schools on May 18, which they have been demanding since a driver fatally hit a 14-year-old boy there two years ago.

“We are so happy to have this new light installed,” said Abby Moscowitz, who is the president of the MS 839 parent-teacher association. “Our community has fought hard for our kids and our neighbors street safety and this is a step in the right direction.

The new signal is at E. Eighth Street — a block away from where the driver of a minivan plowed into Mohammad Naiem Uddin in November 2014, and right by MS 839 and PS 130, which opened last year.

Along with the new lights, the city also added three new pedestrian islands to shorten crossings, curb extensions to increase visibility, and turned the stretch into a 20-mile-per hour slow zone.

Local pols were on hand to welcome the additions at Wednesday’s official ribbon cutting, and one says he believes they will help prevent any future tragedies.

“Today we can take solemn pride in the steps we’ve taken to honor Naiem’s memory by making our streets safer for all,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope).

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Happy day: Local officials cut the green ribbon to celebrate the beginning of a safer street for all Kensingtonians.
Photo by Louise Wateridge

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