DOT to complete safety improvements at intersection
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 10, 2013 | 345 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced the approval of community-proposed safety improvements at the intersection of Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway.

Between 2009 and 2011, six pedestrians were killed at that site, making it one of the most dangerous streets in the borough.

DOT will install a pedestrian island on the north crossing of the intersection and protective barriers, high-visibility crosswalk markings and “Traffic Signal Ahead” signs.

There will also be speed limit signs added on Ocean Parkway. The improvements may also include flashing signals with yellow arrows for right-turning vehicles in an attempt to warn drivers to watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

In June, Ngozi Agbim, 73, a former LaGuardia Community College librarian was killed by a tractor-trailer as she crossed the street on her way home from attending mass.

Since the incident, community members and elected officials have made the issue a priority, bringing a proposal to DOT. At a press conference just days after Agbim was killed, her brother-in-law Eugene Adbimson called for safety improvements.

“No more will some other mother, sister, brother, father or child die because of negligent roadway design,” he said. “No more should any person, old or young, die as a result of inattentive driving.”

During Councilman Bard Lander’s participatory budget last year, the community voted to allocate $200,000 for safety improvements for the intersection.

“One of our neighborhood’s most dangerous intersection is now back on track toward a safer future,” said Lander.

Final design on the project should be completed next month. The state is also studying 38 additional intersections along the four miles of Ocean Parkway.

“I live two blocks away and cross here often with my child to reach the park,” said Deidre Hoguet. “This will be a huge improvement.”

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