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DOT Installs Left Turn Signal at Busy Little Neck Intersection

Councilman Dan Halloran said it took nearly two years for the city to put up the signal at Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway.

The city's Department of Transportation has placed turn signals at a busy Little Neck intersection nearly two years after Councilman Dan Halloran originally called for left turn lanes at the site.

In October 2010, Little Neck residents contacted Halloran, R-Whitestone, to request a left turn signal for Northern Boulevard at Marathon Parkway.

The councilman said it took more than a year of correspondence and the completion of a study before the DOT agreed to place turn signals at the site. The new signals were put into effect on Aug. 30.

"This one seemed like a no-brainer," Halloran said. "There's a supermarket, Long Island Rail Road station and two schools within walking distance. Every day, hundreds of cars make left turns there and, until today, it was one or two at a time."

Patch wants to know: Was this a site of concern for community residents? At what other spots in northeast Queens do you believe traffic safety measures need to be undertaken? Post your comment in the section provided below.

Phil Konigsberg September 04, 2012 at 05:39 PM
As for other deserving locations, there are two intersections in Bay Terrace that the community has asked DOT to consider left turn arrows for: 1) Corporal Kennedy Street and 26th Avenue; and, 2) Bell Blvd and 212th Street. In both instances DOT has indicated their traffic studies do not meet the traffic requirements (based on federal guidelines) for the modification. The BTCA has pushed this for several years and each time we were denied. Perhaps it is time to request another DOT survey again.
Judy Oderwald September 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
As much as we wanted the left turn signal at Marathon Parkway, it has made a problem at 249th Street and Northern Boulevard worse The traffic lights at 249th Street and those at Marathon Parkway need to change red at the same time because too many drivers block the intersection when Marathon turns red but 249th is still green. People exiting Stop and Shop can't enter Northern Boulevard and those wishing to turn left from 249th Street into Northern Boulevard can't.
Phil Konigsberg September 04, 2012 at 08:57 PM
That is a drawback with a three sequential traffic light system. The amount of time for traffic (eastbound) that is contraflow to the green arrow will have a shorter time sequence than the preceding and subsequent intersections on Northern Blvd. I think that DOT will revisit the area with a follow-up observation to see the effects of the recent signal change at Marathon. I would hope DOT observes what you are witnessing and they will make some slight timing adjustments that could ease the intersection gridlock at 249th Street. You could contact Councilman Halloran's office or CB 11 if you don't see a change in a reasonable amount of time. I would also point out to anyone you contact that this location has the local library branch on the corner and will have many school children walking in the area and crossing the intersection.
Woodstock September 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I always wondered what they were waiting for! I've lived here all my long life (65 years) and always tried desparately to use another street - any other street to go south from Northern onto Marathon. Good move, DOT.
Victor Dadras September 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Good work by Councilman Halloran, once again...

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