2010-12-22 / Front Page

Astoria Leaders Applaud 21St Avenue Speed Bump

 Astoria legislators last week praised swift action by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) for responding to a request by residents for installation of a speed bump at a deadly Astoria intersection.

Legislators and local activists last month held a rally to support their request for a traffic calming device at the site of a fatal accident on November 13, 2009 on 21st Avenue in Astoria.

Officials and residents at the rally, held on the anniversary of a crash that took the life of 65-year-old Konstantinos Stayropoulos, said a lack of stop signs, street lights or speed bumps between 21st Street and 28th Street on 21st Avenue was “a tragedy waiting to happen”.

Residents also sent a message to city officials, reminding them of the three schools located in that area.

State Senator-elect Michael Gianaris, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., state Assemblymember-elect Aravella Simotas and Astoria Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides joined in the rally, calling on the city Department of Transportation (DOT) to take swift action to install at least one speed bump on the troubled strip.

“For too long cars have treated this as their own personal speedway,” Gianaris said in a statement released last week. “Hopefully, this speed bump will get drivers to slow down.”

The speed bump, installed on 21st Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets, is likely to be joined by speed bumps at three other locations along the avenue, a DOT spokesperson said.

DOT officials are currently conducting a study to determine if the additional speed bumps are necessary and exactly where they should be installed, the spokesperson said.

Vallone praised DOT for responding so quickly to the community’s request for a speed bump.

“This speed bump is a much-needed protective measure for our residents and young students of P.S. 122,” Vallone said in a statement. 

–Liz Goff


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