‘Safe Routes’ coming to four Queens schools


| lguerre@queenscourier.com |

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre
THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

I.S. 77 in Ridgewood is one of the four Queens schools to get safer streets.

Safer streets are coming soon to four Queens middle and elementary schools.

The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) confirmed it has selected a construction company to make adjustments around the schools to increase safety, as a part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Safe Routes to Schools program.

The safe routes program is a city-wide initiative that seeks to improve safety to city schools with the highest accident rates.

A DDC representative said the $3.3 million improvements will begin by the spring of 2014 around I.S. 77 in Ridgewood, St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Maspeth, St. Joan of Arc School in Jackson Heights and P.S. 108 in South Ozone Park.

The work around the schools will include adding speed bumps, adjustment of streetlights and traffic signals, ramps to the sidewalks, work to improve the curbs for pedestrians, placement of bus pads in the streets and infrastructure and utility work.

These four schools are on DOT’s list of 135 priority schools for traffic safety improvements, which was originally created in 2003 by the city agency. Overall, there are 33 priority Queens schools on the list that are slated to see the improvements.

The work on the four schools is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015.

 

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  • elaine

    As always, problems are ignored. There are 2 elementary schools near me, one around the corner, the other a mile or so away. Both schools have incredibly dangerous crossings, with only 2 way stop signs. No matter how often the community tries to get the much needed 4 way stop signs put in, the DOT in its infinite wisdom (read infinite idiocy) turns down the request every single time! Does a child have to get seriously injured or killed for them to do something?

  • Danny Ruscillo

    Adding speed bumps, adjustment of streetlights and traffic signals, ramps to the sidewalks, work to improve the curbs for pedestrians, placement of bus pads in the streets and infrastructure and utility work.
    This is all good “BUT” if we don’t get a handle on the Texting and Talking on the Cell Phones while driving, especially around our childrens schools **ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN**