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New stop a go! Traffic signal coming to Marine Park intersection

New stop a go! Traffic signal coming to Marine Park intersection
Thumbs up for safety: Marine Park resident Andrew Cohen is happy a new traffic light will replace the stop sign at the intersection of Avenue R and E. 34th Street and make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

This traffic signal got the green light!

Marine Park is getting a new stop light at the intersection of Avenue R and E. 34th Street, hopefully aiding pupils from nearby PS 222 to cross the street more safely and alleviate some traffic concerns, local leaders say.

“It will help kids go back and forth more safely,” said Councilman Alan Maisel (D–Mill Basin).

There is already a stop sign on the one-way E. 34th Street but no traffic controls on Avenue R at the intersection.

The area buzzes with cars parents pick up and drop off their kids at PS222 — a block away on Quentin Road and E. 34th Street — and the traffic light will calm things down, another official said.

“It’s a very busy location, especially during the school hours when children are getting dropped off and causes a lot of back up,” said Sen. Martin Golden (R–Marine Park). “It will slow traffic down and err on the side of safety and is just a good thing to do.”

There have been four crashes at the intersection since 2009 — one stating a disregard for traffic control, according to city records.

The Department of Transportation expects the it will finish installing the light by the end of March, a spokeswoman said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
New stop a go: The only safety measure currently in place is a stop sign — which doesn’t always get drivers to stop.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

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