Just a few months after local elected officials and members of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy called out the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) for not installing traffic safety measures outside the school, the city agency has relented.
The DOT will now install a speed bump along Driggs Avenue between Newell and Diamond Streets, the intersection at which the school is located.
“All I can say is that I am extremely relieved,” said Assemblyman Joe Lentol, who spearheaded efforts over the summer to have the safety measures installed. “I’ve been working with the parents and faculty at St. Stan’s, DOT and my colleagues in government on this for two years. I’d like to thank DOT for coming through on this. I know our parents and children will feel much safer.”
Back in June, Lentol invited the DOT’s Brooklyn Borough Commissioner, Keith Bray to tour the area around the school in order to assess some of the dangers members from the school community had been complaining about for months.
At that time, a petition launched by parents and administration at the school also requested the installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Driggs Avenue and Newell St., and a traffic sign at Nassau and Newell, in addition to the speed bump.
For the moment, the DOT has come through on the speed bump, though not everyone is willing to celebrate, including the school’s principal, Christina Cieloszczyk, who said she would wait until she actually sees the work in progress.
“I’ve heard that they are going to come to through, and when they actually do I will be singing a song of joy,” said Cieloszczyk.
The DOT has not yet announced a date for the installation, but the project has been placed on the agency’s Brooklyn Priority List.