Saturday, February 25, 2012
Addabbo wants barrier to go
From the Forum:
With one traffic change already in the books, a local politician has shifted his attention to another transportation issue.
State Senator Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) to remove the traffic barrier on Liberty Avenue that prevents people driving on Cross Bay Boulevard from turning onto that avenue.
This comes after news came out last week that DOT changed parking regulations on the north side of Rockaway Boulevard between Cross Bay and Liberty avenues. It removed a rush hour regulation and a no standing sign and extended the metered parking hours.
Now Addabbo says that he wants to remove the barrier because, although it was put in about two years ago to improve driver and pedestrian safety, it has affected the businesses directly behind it, causing those places to lose customers and some to even close down. Addabbo said that he wants to work with the DOT on keeping that area safe for pedestrians and drivers while keeping those businesses in mind.
“I was never happy with what the DOT did, respectfully,” Addabbo said. “Those stores have suffered.”
The store owners affected by the barrier backed Addabbo’s thoughts.