The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
(718) 274-4500

For Immediate Release
March 18, 2016
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Officials Announce New Traffic Light on Astoria Boulevard

Astoria, N.Y. – City Council Member Costa Constantinides, State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, State Senator Michael Gianaris, and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Commissioner Nicole Garcia announced the recent installation of a new traffic light on the intersection of 43rd Street and Astoria Boulevard South.

The traffic light was installed following community advocacy for safety measures at this intersection. There is no normally functioning traffic light along Astoria Boulevard between Steinway Street and 43rd Street, causing heavy and quick flows of traffic. There is low visibility at that corner for drivers making a right turn from 43rd Street onto Astoria Boulevard. Drivers frequently use 43rd Street as an outlet to the Grand Central Parkway and Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The new traffic light will calm traffic at this intersection.

Council Member Constantinides said, “This new light will help improve traffic safety along Astoria Boulevard, especially for vehicles en route to the highway. Due to low visibility at the corner, drivers on 43rd Street were unable to assess the oncoming traffic before turning onto Astoria Boulevard. The vast quantity of cars along the Astoria Boulevard thoroughfare, combined with the drivers driving at high speeds to get to the Grand Central or BQE, created a dangerous traffic situation. This new light will help ameliorate these issues. We thank the DOT for their efforts to ensure the safety of all drivers throughout our community.”

“The addition of this traffic light will ensure that each member of our community faces less risk of death or serious injury just by walking our streets,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “Enhancements such as these demonstrate our commitment to safer streets and the importance of making investments in our local infrastructure.”

“This traffic light is one more step towards safer streets. It will help residents on 43rd Street by slowing down speeding cars and it’s going to make drivers safer too. That means fewer accidents and injuries, which we can all appreciate. I want to thank Council Member Costa Constantinides and the City’s Transportation Department for being so responsive to community concerns, ” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas.

“DOT is pleased to work with community partners to identify locations and review them for traffic safety improvements,” said Nicole Garcia, NYC DOT Queens Borough Commissioner. “The newly added signal at 43rd Street in Astoria, where DOT conducted a study and installed the traffic light to better establish the right of way for everyone using the street, reflects that partnership whether Queens residents and New Yorkers in general are walking, driving or biking.”

Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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