Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Image via Google Maps
The Mobil gas station at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering several changes to the intersection of Myrtle and Cooper Avenues in Glendale in response to one concerned business owner who has the support of local leaders.

According to an email obtained by QNS from a DOT official to the stakeholders in the case, the agency has launched an investigation to determine how to best prevent drivers from cutting through the Mobil gas station parking lot between Myrtle and Cooper avenues. The probe first began in June after the owner of the gas station reached out to elected officials expressing his frustration.

Assemblyman Mike Miller, who has been involved in the discussions from the beginning, explained that the problem stems from the completion of the Myrtle-Cooper Plaza in 2017. Although it was intended to create more pedestrian space and calm traffic as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’ Vision Zero initiative, the plaza closed off two small streets at the east and west sides of the intersection.

This prevented drivers from making a right turn from westbound Myrtle Avenue onto eastbound Cooper Avenue, but some are still driving over the new sidewalk in front of the gas station, Miller said.

Miller has been joined by Councilman Robert Holden, Community Board 5 Chair Vincent Arcuri, District Manager Gary Giordano, the NYPD and the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District at meetings to address the situation. Miller and Holden said they have even witnessed the problem firsthand while at the gas station.

“On three separate occasions I almost got clipped by cars just crossing through to get to Cooper,” Miller said. “If that happens to me over a period of time I can only imagine how many cars go through there.”

There are two main solutions and several other related complaints being investigated by DOT, according to the email.

The agency is first trying to determine if it would be feasible to install bollards along the double-yellow line on Myrtle Avenue between Cooper Avenue and 71st Place to prevent eastbound drivers from illegally turning left into the gas station, or those exiting McDonald’s or the Glendale Diner from pulling out onto westbound Myrtle Avenue.

The other main consideration is changing the small section of 71st Place between Myrtle and Cooper behind the gas station from a one-way southbound to a one-way northbound.

Arcuri believes that changing the direction of 71st Place has the most promise, he said, while Myrtle Avenue may be too narrow in that area to install the bollards. Before the plaza was built, drivers exiting the McDonald’s drive through could cross Myrtle Avenue and turn right onto Cooper Avenue on the small street that the plaza replaced. If 71st Place ran northbound, Arcuri explained, those drivers would be able to turn right onto Myrtle Avenue and then left onto 71st Place to reach Cooper Avenue.

The DOT is also looking into altering the signal timing at the lights in the intersection, moving the stop bar back on Cooper Avenue outside of the McDonald’s parking lot, evaluating the street lighting around the gas station, installing “keep intersection clear” signage at 71st Street and Cooper Avenue and reinstating the right turn from westbound Myrtle Avenue onto eastbound Cooper Avenue, according to the email.

Holden agreed that changing the direction of 71st Place would help alleviate the situation, but added that the intersection should be restored to its original state with the small side street.

I don’t think it makes it safer for pedestrians when people are now coming up onto the sidewalk,” Holden said. 

Representatives from DOT are expected to attend the Aug. 28 meeting of the Board 5 Transportation and Public Transit Committees to discuss the issue further.

The owner of the gas station has not yet returned a request for comment.

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
Wig-wearing bandit admits to role in armed robberies at Middle Village and Springfield Gardens gas stations
Wig-wearing bandit admits to role in armed robberies at Middle Village and Springfield Gardens gas stations
Suspects wanted for armed robbery of Flushing gas station
Suspects wanted for armed robbery of Flushing gas station
Popular Stories
Man shouts hate slurs at woman, then punches and leaves her with broken spine in Forest Hills subway attack
Bayside man found dead in his home following a fire in the basement: FDNY
Two cuffed for roles in Forest Hills beatdown that left teen hospitalized and stirred bias crime fears


Skip to toolbar