We are forwarding you a picture of an occurrence that happens every day, several times a day. Beginning at 6AM Tractor trailers and other Commercial Vehicles utilize 5th avenue in Whitestone Queens as a conduit to the entire surrounding area. 5th avenue is a 27 foot wide street minus 7 - 8 feet for parked cars on each side, it is a RESIDENTIAL STREET WITH 28 HOMES ON IT MANY OF THEM NEWLY RENOVATED. A STREET WITH OVER 20 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 15 LIVING ON IT. These Commercial Vehicles speed on our street, shake our foundations, set off car alarms and create a Dangerous situation for all families living on the Block. Yet, according to Maura McCarthy of Queens DOT, and Gene Kelty, Chair of Community Board 7, and President of Whitestone Boosters Beach, it is not a danger, just a mere inconvenience.
This on top of the 107 cars per hour which travel eastbound (33% speeding), is not enough to get the 3rd avenue exit on the Bridge pushed back to its original design of 7th avenue, not enough to make 5th and 4th avenues a ONE WAY WEST BOUND TOWARD THE BRIDGE, not enough to extend the already once extended concrete divider forcing cars to go down to 3rd avenue ( a 57foot wide street with 7 houses on the block and a park on the other side) which would then allow for enforcement of commercial vehicles who get off the wrong exit, not enough to do anything that will prevent damage and possibly tragedy.
Malba Gardens Civic Association
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