Avella asks for stop signs at Flushing intersections

State Sen. Tony Avella points to one of several intersections in Flushing where the only indication for vehicles to stop is etched into the pavement. Photo courtesy Tony Avella
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A confusing intersection in Flushing spurred the interest of a northeast Queens legislator hoping to make the area safer for drivers.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) took to the streets last week along a section of 32nd Avenue, where he said three separate consecutive intersections between Higgins Street and Farrington Street have the word “Stop” etched into the pavement without any physical signs alerting motorists. The lawmaker called on the city Transportation Department to act quickly in addressing the dangerous conditions before there is a serious incident.

“The DOT has created a very dangerous situation here and they only have themselves to blame,” Avella said. “Why have ‘Stop’ pavement markings, but no ‘Stop’ signs?”

Drivers making their way down 32nd Avenue typically obey the “Stop” markers, but still approach them with some hesitation and confusion, Avella said. Without the actual signs marking each intersection, the senator said drivers appear unsure of which actions to take and that make for unsafe driving conditions.

“The only thing this does is create confusion for drivers, which leads to hazardous traffic conditions,” Avella said. “I have driven along this road many times recently and can attest to the fact that these missing stop signs cause real trouble for drivers.”

A spokesman for the DOT said there was no immediate threat at the intersections in question since there have not been any serious accidents there to date. Avella argued, however, that it was only a matter of time.

After hearing concerns from various constituents, Avella said he got in touch with the DOT in hopes of seeing some movement on the issue. Instead, he was told the complaint he helped file with the city was closed because the agency could not identify a problem at the intersections.

“This is just an accident waiting to happen and the DOT needs to address this issue as soon as possible,” Avella said.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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Reader Feedback

wont help from Queens says:
Most people in Queens do not seem to know the different between a 2 way stop and a 4 way stop. They approach an intersection and stop for a few seconds then go because they go there first as if it were a 4 way stop. But it is not and they cause accidents. Need either lights or actual enforcement.
Nov. 8, 2013, 10:03 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Wow, talk about your lack of common sense. Leave it to Senator Avella to point that out.

Tony is THE MAN!
Nov. 8, 2013, 12:05 pm
susan from queens says:
These asians cant drive! They dont obey road signs to begin with!
Nov. 8, 2013, 10:54 pm
Asian from Flushing says:
Hey susan from queens, go back to grammar school to learn that you need to capitalize the "a" in your "asian." Also it is "can't" not cant you stupid before making the retarded generalized assumption that Asians can't drive.
Nov. 9, 2013, 3:57 pm
not blind from queens says:
Hey Asian some stereotypes are true. Just ask your former comptroller. Deal with it!
Nov. 9, 2013, 5:36 pm

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