Metropolitan Avenue’s positive influence on the community is undeniable. Yet it seems that Metropolitan Avenue is also the root of many Middle Village traffic dilemmas. Just as Metropolitan Avenue is a staple in Middle Village, so is the traffic.
Last week’s accident in Middle Village on 76th Street and 69th Road is a case in point. In the wake of the incident that involved an overturned school bus, eyebrows were raised when residents called traffic regulations (or the lack of traffic regulations) into question.
Middle Village citizens are quick to point out that 69th Road is often used as a means of avoiding heavily congested Metropolitan Avenue. While many drivers opt to use the small road to evade traffic, residents are concerned with the seemingly voracious need for speed that so many drivers possess.
According to complaints made by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley to the Department of Transportation over the last year, several accidents have occurred on residential roads in Middle Village, 69th Road in particular, that could be avoided with traffic calming measures.
Some of these mishaps include a fatal motorcycle accident, a child’s foot being run over, an Access-A-Van being hit and tipping on to another vehicle, and the recent overturning of a bus of preschoolers.
However, many residents feel that short cuts like 69th Road are necessary to reduce the time that they spend stuck in traffic. One Middle Village resident said she avoids Metropolitan Avenue at all costs.
“Instead of driving on Metro, I use residential streets,” said the resident, whose experience speaks for many people’s. “I will only use it if it’s very early in the day or very late.” She said
Many adjustments need to be made to ameliorate the traffic conditions in Middle Village. Each resident and passer-by has their own personal gripes and opinions on what can enhance both traffic safety and the flow of traffic, but let’s just hope that appropriate amendments can be made before more people get hurt.
In the meantime, drivers should do their part by abiding by the speed limit on the residential roads.