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Turn for the worse: Drivers ignoring Ocean Parkway ‘safety’ changes

Not following the rules: Cars have been routinely disobeying the State Department of Transportation’s new traffic changes on Ocean Parkway, which prohibit left and right turns to and from the service roads onto the main highway.
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Gov. Cuomo’s “safety improvements” to Ocean Parkway are causing more harm than good, residents and pols say.

The state, which controls the parkway, has banned turns onto Avenues J, Avenue P, and Kings Highway — as well as making left-hand turns onto Avenues I and U — as part of $8.5-million safety overhaul, but drivers are simply ignoring the changes, said local photographer Simon Gifter.

“People are making illegal turns — there are near-crashes. It’s just a horror what I saw,” said Gifter, who regularly tweets about traffic issues in the area.

To make matters worse, workers rebuilding the parkway’s pedestrian path as part of Cuomo’s project are allowing the bad behavior — a hard-hat can be seen encouraging rush-hour motorists who are disobeying a no-turn sign, video shot on Jan. 10 shows.

The city opposed the project, but Gov. Cuomo overruled his rival Mayor DeBlasio and went forward with the unpopular plan.

The State Department of Transportation, which is spearheading the project, banned turning directly off of the parkway so that drivers would jog over to the service road before turning, but now through-commuters are getting caught behind delivery vehicles on the road meant for drop-offs and idling, according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D–Midwood), an opponent of the plan who organized a rally against the project last month.

“A Hatzolah vehicle was parked in the middle of the road for a half-hour. This is a typical situation. Every time there’s a few delivery or sanitation vehicles, anytime they are in the service road, no one can move. Never understood how someone could say sending traffic to a service road is a good thing,” he said.

The state also replaced stop signs with traffic lights at six different intersections along the service road, so instead of drivers stopping at every corner and checking both ways, they are zooming through lights while others are making illegal turns from Ocean Parkway onto the service road, making it even more dangerous for motorists and pedestrians alike, said Marissa Anteby, who lives off of the roadway.

“Now that there’s not a stop sign, they have a green light, there’s no longer that checks and balance — just going through a green light and people are now disobeying no turning right,” she said. “They are not stopping at the corner, making a potential for collisions.”

Police are aware of the issue and monitoring the situation, a department spokesman said.

The state is also keeping tabs on the situation via video cameras that it installed at affected intersections, according to a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman, who added that the cameras will not be used for enforcement.

“As part of our commitment to the community and to address concerns that were raised, the New York State Department of Transportation is monitoring each signal as it comes online to ensure the continued safety of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Diane Park. “These cameras are part of that effort. These cameras are being used exclusively for monitoring purposes only. They are not capturing any information related to vehicle plate numbers or driver identifica­tion.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Paul from Brooklyn says:
"Gov. Cuomo’s “safety improvements” to Ocean Parkway are causing more harm than good, "

No, it's only doing harm because of a deluded sense of entitlement from NYC drivers and ridiculous analysis from the media like this. If those cameras mailed out tickets then the "problem" would go away quickly.
Jan. 12, 2017, 9:08 am
Tyler from pps says:
Seriously... the harm is being caused by entitled idiots that ignore changes to traffic patterns.

If a street was changed from 2-way to a 1-way street, but idiots kept driving both directions... Would the Brooklyn Paper file another "Dov Hikind Doesn't Like Stuff"story? I've come to learn, if Hikind is against something there's a 90% chance the opposite is right.
Jan. 12, 2017, 10:03 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
"No, it's only doing harm because of a deluded sense of entitlement from NYC drivers "

We certainly are and within our rights so suck it up snowflake :)
Jan. 12, 2017, 1:47 pm
Paul from Brooklyn says:
@ old time

No, you are just a confused pointless old fart. Feel free to head out down to Florida.
Jan. 12, 2017, 3:14 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Maybe the reason why they are ignoring it is because this wasn't supported in the first place, but both Cuomo and the DOT went with it anyway as if their opinions didn't matter making it feel like an elitist decision.
Jan. 12, 2017, 4:07 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Lol at all the entitled bikers that never stop at red lights, or stop signs, outraged over someone not obeying laws.
Jan. 12, 2017, 6:04 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Also, I can't wait until Trump throws out all the illegals voting for Democrats, and New York State turns red again. We are going to make driving great again.
Jan. 12, 2017, 6:06 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Paul from Brooklyn

so tell me where did you go to hs? No need for FL as I have a rent controlled apt( just put my daughter on the lease) , a family home in "Ditmas Park' a wife with a great board of ed pension, still working and a pretty much cash side business - so tell me oh brilliant one - top that

Mazel tov shmeckela :) I keep the 2nd car at my vacation estate so my wife can motor about at her liesure

Oh and before you make any more ageist racist remarks i voted thir
d party
Jan. 12, 2017, 9:56 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Still curious, Old Time, why you think *regularly* pointing out how you've exploited the system (including what sounds like housing fraud vis-a-vis rent control laws) for your personal enrichment makes you seem like a good person?

Does your daughter know you're pretty scummy?
Jan. 13, 2017, 11:21 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Ty from Flatbush - I am perfectly withing my rights both morally and legally so suck it up. I am really amused by these trenspants that know it all - well guess what - I scored and d you did not.
MWAH

My daughter is just fine and handles the charity work
Jan. 13, 2017, 11:46 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Perhaps Tyler should have stayed in Ohio and voted. Instead, all the Tylers came to Brooklyn to battle against the monsters that own cars, and now watch in horror as their blue homes turned red.
Jan. 13, 2017, 12:19 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Never been to Ohio. Have you?
Jan. 13, 2017, 12:35 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
A few times, had some great times there.
Jan. 13, 2017, 1:03 pm
nancy from coney says:
why did they have 2 do this there was nothing wrong with the way it was

they did that in coney island few yrs back turned all the streets in the opposite direction making it worse

they following yr they changed it back 2 the way used 2 be stupid politicians
what would cumo know hes never been 2 bklyn
Jan. 13, 2017, 9:15 pm
Mike Wright from Midwood-Flatbush News says:
BROOKLYN, USA! Give Us Your Tired, Poor and HIPSTER'S With Big Cash To Pay High rents and Force Others Rents Up! Welcome To Brooklyn!...Now Leave!

Liberals and Hipsters Killing This Country!
Jan. 14, 2017, 1:23 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
i just love to see Tyler from Flatbush get his twinkie in a knot
Jan. 14, 2017, 5:14 pm

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