Pols call for traffic safety study at P.S. 232
by Andrew Shilling
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Sen. Addabbo, Assemblyman Goldfeder and Councilman Ulrich call for traffic calming measures at P.S. 232
Sen. Addabbo, Assemblyman Goldfeder and Councilman Ulrich call for traffic calming measures at P.S. 232
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder
Councilman Eric Ulrich
Councilman Eric Ulrich
Cars zipping along an unmarked strip on 153rd Avenue in Lindenwood have made the cross street parallel to Walter Ward P.S. 232 one of the busiest in the community.

And one of the most dangerous, say concerned parents and elected officials.

Parents say the recently unmonitored and unmarked crosswalk, has become a severe threat.

Rosemarie Asselta, PTA president at P.S. 232 on 83rd Street, said she and the other parents began advocating for safety measures after the school crossing guard was ordered to move from 153rd Avenue to monitor traffic exiting 83rd Street.

“She had to move because there’s no crosswalk there, but it’s dangerous,” Asselta said.

Although the school recently received cautionary traffic signs from the Department of Transportation (DOT) on 153rd Ave., Asselta said it should have been installed to face the other way toward traffic coming from 79th Street.

“There’s no stop sign from 79th Street to the light [at 84th Street],” she said. “You know how many times I almost got hit because they’re out there doing 90 miles an hour? We need something.”

A mother, father and son were injured after an elderly woman struck them in her car after leaving the nearby hopping center just two weeks after the signs were installed on May 29, according to reports.

All three were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Lisa Newman said she walks to pick up her son at the school, as driving can be a tricky task.

“It’s a strip here ,” Newman said. “ And if there are no traffic devices, people try to beat the light or they’re just careless.”

In addition to the unmarked, speedy thoroughfare that borders the school, Newman said parents who double park along 83rd Street are not helping the problem.

“The school sends out letters about not parking,” she said. “Not only are you making it dangerous for the kids, but you’re making it dangerous to cross the street. People are not watching, and they try to beat the light and just get where they’re going a lot faster.”

In response to a recent scare at the intersection last week, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sent a letter to the DOT asking for a full traffic study of 153rd Avenue between 84th and 82nd streets.

“The battle has been constant, and led up to the unacceptable accident that affected local parents and their child,” Addabbo said. “We need to band together and start preventing accidents, not reacting to them.”

If traffic-calming measures aren’t swiftly taken by the city, Ulrich suggested closing down the busy street during the early morning and after-school hours to create a safer environment for the kids.

“The community simply cannot wait for any more studies to tell us what we already know,” Ulrich said. “It’s a dangerous intersection and something must be done before it’s too late.”

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