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Q: How Many People Does It Take To Get a Stop Sign? A: A Lot

February 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

From the GL Inbox last week, this only goes to show how much neigbhoborhood activism it takes to get a some stop signs insgtalled. For real:

A quick note with the text of the letter that has gone out from CB7 to NYC DOT. Great letter by our Dist. Manager. *I am hopeful our elected
officials who were CC’d on this letter will also write correspondence to NYC DOT in support of CB7’s unanimous resolution for the installation of the 3-way stop at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue…Dear Commissioner Palmieri: At the February 18, 2009 meeting of Community Board 7, our Board Members voted to support a community petition effort to install a three-way stop at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 23rd Street in Brooklyn. More than 140 local residents have signed a petition or added their names to an electronic petition to make this change and make the intersection safer. This is an unprecedented action in our community.

We agree with our constituents that this is a dangerous intersection as vehicles race along this crossing of short cuts to 5th Avenue and to the entrance of the Prospect Expressway. The recent construction boom in the area has led to a great increase in the number of local residents as well as an increase in local traffic, making this intersection even more dangerous. Although the traffic study undertaken by your agency about a year ago did not show adequate traffic to merit additional traffic controls at this intersection, our Board Members agree with residents that the change needs to be made anyway. We are well aware that few of the accidents at this intersection are reported (a three-car accident four weeks ago was not reported to the precinct) and the experiences of local residents should be given greater weight.

Therefore, we stand with our constituents in calling on DOT to institute a three-way stop at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 23rd Street in the interest of public safety. We are not calling for another traffic study, simply a solution to the problem of a dangerous intersection. We believe this intersection merits this solution no matter what any statistics say. Please keep us apprised of your actions.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Randolph Peers Jeremy Laufer
Chairman District Manager

cc:Hon. Marty Markowitz, Borough President
Hon. Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator
Hon. Felix Ortiz, Assemblyman
Hon. Sara Gonzalez, Councilwoman

Tags: Greenwood Heights · Uncategorized

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 mikki // Mar 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    My downstairs neighbors got a stop sign on one end of our block years ago with less than this. And two years ago our whole block got together to ask for one at the other end of the street–and got stoplights at both ends, which we are thrilled with. Traffic is much less, and quieter, and way fewer trucks.

    I’m surprised they didnt get this last year; I bet (and hope) they get it this time.