September 20, 2016
Following a tragic incident in which two students were struck by cars near J.H.S. 185 in Flushing, Council Member Paul Vallone met with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Principals of J.H.S. 185 and P.S.21 to address the traffic and pedestrian safety concerns in the surrounding area. As a result of this meeting, the DOT will be installing a School Slow Zone along 149th Street between Willets Point Boulevard and 28th Avenue. This slow zone will be installed by the end of September and will reduce the speed limit from twenty five miles per hour to twenty and provide other enhancements to protect the safety of parents and children attending both of these schools. Council Member Vallone and both schools have also written to the DOT in support of additional measures, including street direction changes of 25th Drive and 27th Avenue, to further improve traffic and pedestrian safety. These additional measures will be implemented by the next school year.
“Working with both principals and the DOT has been critical in identifying and implementing positive changes that will improve the overall safety for students and residents of the surrounding area,” said Council Member Vallone. “The safety of our kids always comes first and I applaud the DOT for their responsiveness to the concerns of the teachers and parents of the thousands of students who attend these schools.”
“I would like to commend the individuals who have been working with us to try and secure the safety of almost 3500 students in a small four block radius. The proposed changes will assist us in making the area less dangerous for the students. What we do at JHS 185 has much impact on the surrounding community as well as our feeder school, P.S. 21,” said Theresa Mshar, Principal of JHS 185.