Protect Pedestrians, Drivers At Astoria Intersection

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about malfunctioning lights at a busy intersection in Astoria, which Senator Gianaris has urged the Department of Transportation to fix in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. are working to increase safety at a busy intersection in Astoria. Following the recurring failure of all four traffic lights at the 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard intersection, the three elected officials sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting an immediate investigation into the functionality of the lights as well as remediation of all problem areas.


“I urge DOT to look into what is causing these traffic lights to fail so often and either permanently fix the problems or replace the lights completely in order to ensure the safety of passersby,” Gianaris said. “Relying solely on drivers’ and pedestrians’ use of caution as they cross these streets is foolhardy and unacceptable.”

Read the full article here.