2017-05-17 / Features

Vallone Secures Traffic Changes For Pedestrian Safety


Council Member Paul Vallone has secured one-way conversions around P.S. 184 in Whitestone in order to improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion during dismissals. Council Member Paul Vallone has secured one-way conversions around P.S. 184 in Whitestone in order to improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion during dismissals. After years of requests by P.S. 184 for traffic changes around their school in Whitestone, Council Member Paul Vallone has secured one-way conversions in order to improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion during dismissals. The DOT has converted 21st Road to a westbound one-way street and 21st Avenue to an eastbound one-way street. This change, which has already been implemented, has shown immediate positive results by improving the flow of traffic during dismissal time. In addition to the one-way changes, the DOT installed numerous new signs informing drivers of the changes at each corner surrounding the school. The eastbound turning lane on Francis Lewis Boulevard for 21st Road has also been closed off.

“These improvements will go a long way towards increasing the safety for all the students, parents and teachers of P.S. 184,” said Council Member Vallone. “Working with Principal Dimilta and the DOT was critical in identifying and implementing these positive changes. The safety of our kids always comes first and I applaud the DOT for their responsiveness to the concerns of the teachers and parents of the hundreds of students who attend this school.”

“The recent one-way conversion around P.S.184Q was a long-awaited safety measure that was supported by Councilman Vallone. Once approved by Community Board 7, he was also instrumental in having the project completed,” said Principal Dimilta. “Councilman Vallone held a face to face meeting with the DOT back in the fall and at this meeting a timeline for conversion was established. The long-awaited safety measure was implemented and we have already begun to see the improved traffic conditions at entry and dismissal. This change ensures a safer traffic pattern around the school.”


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