2018-03-28 / Features

Traffic Calming Measures Coming To PS11 After Years Of Advocacy


New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and the Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia held a press conference to formally announce plans to install traffic signals on 54th Street in front of PS11 in Woodside. They were joined by the students, their families, staff and PTA of PS 11. New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and the Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia held a press conference to formally announce plans to install traffic signals on 54th Street in front of PS11 in Woodside. They were joined by the students, their families, staff and PTA of PS 11. New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and the Department of Transportation held a press conference to formally announce plans to install traffic signals on 54th Street in front of PS11 in Woodside. This victory comes after years of the Council Member and the PS 11 community calling for traffic calming in this area. “Currently, this dangerous intersection poses a threat to the hundreds of children who cross this street daily to travel to and from the school and the nearby library. The installation of traffic signals will alleviate safety concerns and protect students,” Van Bramer explained, adding:

“This is a great victory for the Woodside community. The existing dangerous conditions put our children at risk. PS 11 families and I have been demanding that the DOT install traffic calming measurers at this intersection for too long. Through our efforts and continued pressure on DOT, we have been able to bring safety to this intersection. Soon, two traffic signals will be installed here and the area will be safer for all who travel on Skillman Avenue, especially school children and their families.”

“DOT is always working to create safer conditions for all street users in Woodside,” said DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia. “These new traffic signals create more predictable traffic movements, making it easier and safer for the students of PS 11 and pedestrians of all ages to cross the street.”

In January, Council Member Van Bramer held a rally demanding that the New York City Department of Transportation address dangerous street crossings at PS 11 in Woodside. Both Council Member Van Bramer and the PS 11 PTA had previously called on the Department of Transportation to address this dangerous crossing by introducing traffic calming measures. The PTA has also submitted a petition to the Department of Transportation with over 1,000 signatures calling for safety improvements to be made.

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