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The decade-long fight for an all-way stop at two Bayside intersections has hit yet another roadblock.

State Senator Tony Avella announced on Monday, Sept. 19, that the Department of Transportation (DOT) denied his most recent request for the installation of all-way stop signs at two Bay Terrace intersections: 23rd Avenue and Corporal Kennedy Street and 23rd Avenue and 211th Street.

 

“My constituents and I have continually expressed the dangers these intersections present for our community,” Avella said. “Unfortunately, DOT has denied my multiple requests for additional controls at these intersections, dating back to my tenure in City Council. Despite their denials, this is a very dangerous location. The road curves, visibility is limited, and part of 23rd Avenue prior to the curve is uphill.”

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Photo via Google Maps: 23rd Avenue and Corporal Kennedy Street

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Photo via Google Maps: 23rd Avenue and 211th Street

According to the DOT, the lawmaker’s most recent request was turned down because traffic at the two locations “do not meet nationally recognized safety standards for the installation of a stop sign.”

Still, Avella disagrees.

“In addition to the risks posed to motorists and pedestrian safety, the current traffic conditions at these intersections make it difficult for residents of the Bay Club, a large co-op development, to enter and exit their complex,” wrote Avella. “The Department of Transportation’s lack of action will continue to put the community in danger.”

The two intersections are also nearby Bay Terrace Shopping Center: an outdoor mall that houses more than 50 restaurants, shops and businesses.

“We completed our analyses last summer at the intersection of 23rd Avenue and Corporal Kennedy Street and the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 211th Street in Bay Terrace, Queens,” said a DOT spokesperson in a comment to QNS. “Factors such as vehicular and pedestrian volumes, crash experience, vehicular speeds, visibility and signal spacing were all taken into consideration in making our determination. Based upon our evaluation of the data collected, ‘Multi-Way Stop’ controls are not recommended at this time. The existing controls are the most appropriate for these intersections.”

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