Laurelton residents hope that small improvements will lead to safer streets

Photos via Flickr/NYC Department of Transportation

Work crews have been busy around Queens neighborhood in Laurelton in recent weeks making a number of street improvements that the city hopes will make local streets much safer.

The city Department of Transportation (DOT) recently improved the concrete median at the corner of 228th Street and Mentone Avenue. The agency also installed a new pedestrian crossing at Brookville Boulevard and 137th Road, adjacent to St. Clare’s Catholic Academy. This enables students to safely cross the boulevard to Laurelton Playground across the street.

The DOT is also in the process of installing new parking meters along Merrick Boulevard designed to prevent all-day parking along the shopping strip. This aims to provide additional parking options for residents visiting local stores.

City Councilman Donovan Richards praised the changes in a recent tour with DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia.

“These essential improvements will help to drastically improve the safety and quality of life for all Laurelton residents,” Richards said. “The addition of parking meters has also been something residents and business owners have been asking about for years, and now … the DOT is delivering for Laurelton.”

“From the new crosswalk and signal in front of St. Clare’s Catholic Academy to new curbs and meters, I look forward to continuing our partnership to bring more improvements to beautify and make the community safer,” Garcia added.


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