Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced this week that improvements will be coming to a dangerous stretch along Meeker Avenue.
In a response to a letter Lentol sent back in May, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) stated that safety improvements would be coming to Meeker.
Lentol’s letter specifically requested a pedestrian crossing at Meeker Avenue and Avenues, but also requested an investigation of the notoriously hazardous conditions on Meeker Avenue.
“I have received countless complaints from constituents over the years about the unsafe nature of Meeker Avenue,” said Lentol. “Many people treat it like the BQE, which is right above. I have witnessed people going at least 50 miles per hour up and down Meeker. It is time we see safety improvements along this roadway to slower drivers down, and ultimately, save lives.”
DOT’s response cited forthcoming improvements of shorter crosswalks, wider sidewalks, improved signal timing, and clear lane designations. The proposed improvement plan for Meeker Avenue, as a whole, was created by DOT’s Pedestrian Projects Group after a field investigation of Meeker Avenue and Skillman Avenue. DOT is tentatively scheduled to present this safety proposal to Community Board 1’s Full Board on January 12, 2016.
“Along with McGuinness Boulevard, Meeker Avenue is one of the most dangerous streets in my district,” said Lentol. “It has unsafe sightlines, a limited number of crosswalks, and several unusual intersections, which really make it a recipe for disaster. I look forward to DOT’s proposals to improve pedestrian, motorist and cyclist safety on this roadway.”