OAKLAND GARDENS, QUEENS, NEW YORK – As reported in an online news article published by abc7ny.com, Oakland Gardens residents have finally had their wishes answered as city officials install a speed bump in an accident-prone area.
Oakland Gardens residents have spent the last 4 years fighting the city over the installation of a speed bump to help control traffic. Some residents report that “skid marks and speeding cars” are a part of their life. Vehicles allegedly travel at 50 miles per hour along a residential stretch of road on 224thnear Horace Harding Parkway. According to residents, crossing the street is unsafe, and many are worried that someone will be killed by a speeding car.
As such, Oakland Gardens residents pushed the city to install a speed bump. The New York City Department of Transportation conducted a traffic review of the unsafe stretch of road in Oakland Gardens, and in September 2017, approved the residents’ request for installation of a speed bump.
The residents then went to Queens Community Board 11, which gave final approval of the planned installation of the speed bump in June 2018. However, despite approval, the speed bump still had not been installed more than one year after the project was given the green light. In June 2019, with no speed bump in sight, a pedestrian suffered critical injuries in a hit-and-run accident.
To give the city a push, 7 On Your Side contacted the New York City Department of Transportation about the long delay in getting the speed bump installed in a residential part of Oakland Gardens. The Department of Transportation immediately acted and installed the speed bump. Residents attribute 7 On Your Side’s efforts to finally obtaining a speed bump that may help to substantially reduce the number of accidents happening in Oakland Gardens.
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