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Streets around Whitestone school see traffic changes meant to make students safer


A Whitestone school finally received a host of safety improvements to create safer streets for its students, a lawmaker announced.

After years of requests, P.S. 184, located at 163-15 21st Road, recently saw a combination of traffic pattern changes and newly posted signage installed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Councilman Paul Vallone had been pushing for the changes on the school’s behalf.

The DOT has converted 21st Road to a westbound one way street and 21st Avenue to an eastbound one way street. The eastbound turning lane on Francis Lewis Boulevard to access 21st Road has also been closed off.

New signage informing drivers of the changes at the site has been installed.

The one way conversions have already seen “immediate positive results,” according to Vallone’s office.

Both traffic flow and student pedestrian safety at the site has been improved, school principal Anna Dimilta said.

“The recent one way conversion around P.S. 184 was a long awaited safety measure that was supported by Councilman Vallone,” Dimilta said. “Once approved by Community Board 7 , he was also instrumental in having the project completed. Councilman Vallone held a face to face meeting with the DOT back in the fall and, at this meeting, a timeline for conversion was established. The long awaited safety measure was implemented and we have already begun to see the improved traffic conditions at entry and dismissal. This change ensures a safer traffic pattern around the school.”

“These improvements will go a long way towards increasing the safety for all the students, parents and teachers of P.S. 184,” Vallone said. “Working with Principal Dimilta and the DOT was critical in identifying and implementing these positive changes. 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 hundreds of students who attend this school.”

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