KEW GARDENS HILLS- Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal and Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement regarding news that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) approved dual left turn signals on Main Street onto Jewel Avenue in Kew Gardens Hills. The intersection is at the center of a major traffic corridor that has proven to be dangerous to drivers and pedestrians alike.

“We join the community in welcoming this long awaited left turn signal at Main Street and Jewel Avenue. This intersection is a major transportation and commercial hub for Kew Gardens Hills. The addition of these signals will go a long way in ensuring that both drivers and pedestrians feel safer, without compromising the flow of traffic. We are grateful to DOT for their proactive and timely response to community concerns. We look forward to working with the Department and the community in keeping an open dialogue about the safety of our residents.”

In response to community concerns about the intersection, Rosenthal and Lancman advised DOT to explore traffic safety measures in the area. Their offices along with a representative from Community Board 8 toured the site with Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia this spring, and shortly after the joint visit, DOT announced several traffic improvement projects in Kew Gardens Hills. DOT has also begun repairing roadway cave-ins at this intersection caused by water main damage.