Following years of Council Member Van Bramer and area parents advocating for improved safety conditions, New York City Department of Transportation has announced plans to install a traffic signal at the intersection of 42nd Street and 47th Avenue in front of PS343 in Sunnyside. Residents and the PS343 community have made countless complaints of safety concerns at this intersection to the Council Member’s office since the school opened in 2014. Over that time, Council Member Van Bramer has continued to call on DOT to install traffic calming measures in front of the school. Hundreds of children cross these streets daily, traveling to PS343, Noonan Playground and the nearby library.
The addition of a traffic signal at this intersection will protect the lives of neighborhood children and make the streets safer for all.
“Our sustained efforts to demand that DOT install traffic calming measures at this dangerous intersection have produced results,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “The dangerous conditions here have put the safety of students, families and other community members at risk for far too long. I am happy to say that within a few weeks the people of Sunnyside will be safer here.” “We are thrilled to partner with Council Member Van Bramer to announce DOT’s plans to install a new traffic signal at 47th Ave. and 42nd St.,” said DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia. “The treatment, which will include high visibility crosswalks, will make it safer for everyone to cross the street, especially Sunnyside seniors and the school children of P.S. 343.”
In January, during a rally at PS11, Council Member Van Bramer stated that he would not support DOT’s efforts to move forward with a town hall regarding the street redesign of Skillman and 43rd Avenues until they addressed the safety issues in front of both PS11 and PS343. DOT now plans to install traffic signals in both of these locations, and the town hall took place on Monday, March 26th. DOT’s decision to institute traffic calming measures at both PS11 and PS343 comes as a direct result of the advocacy of Council Member Van Bramer.