2005-10-06 / Other News

Old E. 108th Street Problems Surface At Council Meeting

By Dara Mormile

The sign (left photo) on the northern end of East 108th Street clearly indicates there is no truck traffic allowed. However, there is no sign on the southern end. Right photo: Clear, almost desolate street — with no stop signs — is an invitation to speeders.    Charles Rogers
The sign (left photo) on the northern end of East 108th Street clearly indicates there is no truck traffic allowed. However, there is no sign on the southern end. Right photo: Clear, almost desolate street — with no stop signs — is an invitation to speeders. Charles Rogers Residents’ complaints about speeding cars and trucks traveling from Flat-lands Avenue to Seaview Avenue along East 108 Street were addressed at last month’s 69th Precinct Community Council meeting.

“I’ve lived on East 108 Street since 1987 and the problem persists, but I prevail,” said community activist Gerry Weiner. “There is only one traffic light on East 108 Street – that’s on Avenue J, and it seems that every imaginable vehicle speeds down my block all hours of the day. We need law enforcement and I want to know how many tickets were given out during August on that block alone.”

As for the truck traffic, Weiner noted the existence of a “No Truck Traffic” sign at the Flatlands Avenue intersection with her street but she intimated it does no good. She said, “they speed too.”

A short trip along the street indicated there are no stop signs or traffic lights from the intersection with Seaview Avenue to Avenue J, an area encompassing at least a dozen blocks.

One resident said that one of the reasons cars and trucks speed along the street is that it makes a faster connection to the Belt Parkway.

Several other residents of the area expressed agreement with the complaint and Commanding Officer Captain Ralph Monteforte said, “We can push for a stop sign. I don’t know how many tic-kets were given on that specific block but I’m here to correct the problem. Give me a chance to help you.”

Monteforte proposed that one of the residents head a group affected by the traffic and report to him on the status of the condition in the future.

“I want you to come to the next meeting and let me know if the problem is resolved,” he said.

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