DOT installs all-way stops at Queens intersections

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State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced the city’s Dept. of Transportation granted his request for all-way stops at two Queens intersections last Friday.

Responding to constituent complaints about the safety of the crossroads of Smedley Street and Coolidge Avenue in Flushing, and the intersection of 263rd Street and Williston Avenue in Bellerose, Avella requested that the DOT conduct a study of traffic patterns in the area in 2015 and 2016.

“I’m happy to report that DOT has informed me that the community’s calls for additional traffic controls at these two locations have finally been approved,” Avella said. “The addition of an all-way stop at these intersections will go a long way in improving traffic safety in our neighborhoods. I am glad that I was able to help two Queens neighborhoods secure this extra safety measure.”

Alexandra Karas, a constituent who put in a complaint with Avella’s office, said she was pleased with the response she received from the city on the matter.

Avella held a news conference in April calling on the DOT to install a left turn signal at the intersection of 35th Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard, a spot daunting for drivers with congestion and unpredictable patterns of oncoming traffic traveling southbound on Francis Lewis.

Avella said he had put in the request years ago and only recently was it turned down.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Deathtrap from Queens says:
I asked cb 11 to ask the city to put in something on my block but they did absolutely nothing. They told me they couldnt put in speed bumps because im not in close proximity to the school and they never asked for a four way stop sign either on my block. Meanwhile, my block is a deathtrap because of the way the streets come out. Parts of the street comes out further than the other and you can't see coming out. Its really bad here but they dont listen.
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