From Douglaston Patch:
Douglaston and Little Neck residents said that the unintended consequences from recently instituted traffic changes near Little Neck's Long Island Rail Road crossing just got worse.
"It's made a real mess for us up here," said Larry Sheehan, referring to a new safety zone extending approximately 75 feet from an existing traffic median north of the at-grade Long Island Railroad crossing on Little Neck Parkway.
Workers painted the new zone on Monday, weeks after widespread complaints by residents, community leaders and elected officials about unsafe conditions and blocked traffic caused by the median installed in September.
"It doesn't solve anything, but just creates more confusion," said Douglaston Civic Association president Eliott Socci.
According to Sheehan, who lives in the neighborhood north of the LIRR tracks, the new safety zone forces northbound motorists on Little Neck Parkway at night to effectively break traffic laws.
"Now you have a scenario at 6 p.m. where cars can park there and the traffic is directed right into the rear of the cars with nowhere to go, because you can't go into the safety zone," he said.
A quick survey of the intersection during daylight hours Tuesday had several motorists traveling north on Little Neck Parkway illegally crossing into the new painted safety zone to make a tight U-turn onto Sandhill Road — precisely the kind of maneuver the most recent traffic change aimed to prevent.