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Councilwoman:Improve Traffic Safety At P.S. 22

Councilwoman Julia Harrison calledon the city transportation and police departments to reduce traffic hazards forthe 900 students attending P.S. 22, on Sanford Avenue between 156th and MurrayStreet in Flushing.
Following last weeks meeting atthe school with police, Community Board 7 members, educators, and parents, sheasked for lowered speed limits on Sanford Avenue, stringent enforcement ofparking rules, traffic signals at the corner of Sanford Avenue and 156th Street,and a review of P.S. 22s school safety patterns.
In letters to these agencies,Harrison said that the dangerous conditions were the result of parents double-and triple-parking their cars during inclement weather, missing or inadequateschool safety controls, and the hilly location of the schools entrance.
"Providing local schoolchildren with a safe haven from serious traffic hazards has always been ourmajor mutual concern," Harrison said.
Harrison told DOT that there werefour unsolved traffic control problems:
 Lack of a traffic signal atthe busy corner of Sanford Avenue and 156 Street 109th Precinct told the meetingthat they were trying to assign a school crossing guard to this key corner.
Installation of a skid-resistantgrooved roadway surface is needed on Sanford Avenue, between Murray and 156thstreets. This would prevent dangerous skidding on the steeply-inclined roadway,particularly during inclement weather.
Reduction of speed limits from30 to 20 miles per hour on the one-block stretch.
Posting of missing or neededschool warning signs on the approach streets to P.S. 22.
Harrison praised the police effortsto enforce double-parking violations, despite staffing limitations. However, shetold the 109th Precinct. "You must surely appreciate the inherent dangersfacing youngsters who must cross between parked cars to reach their school busesor their parents illegally storaged cars."

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