Ladies and Gentlemen, the decision on our Safety Issue on 5th and 4th avenues has been tabled by Community Board 7 until further notice. Being that the 3rd Avenue exit is slated for closure next Spring for approximately one to two years, it was decided that another traffic count should be done when exit is closed to determine ? I guess the number of cars that will be utilizing street when it is closed. This is better than the No Vote that was apparent, so let us wait and see.
I say to those who question the number of survey responses on 5th avenue, please be reminded that traffic from 147th to 149th streets drops over 60% from amount that travels from Whitestone Expressway to 147th street, going from 107 vehicles per hour down to 40, verifying that most vehicles make a turn at the intersection of 5th and 147th.
Also several politicians have requested signage like stop signs on the Service Road and 5th avenue which would in effect stop the cars driving on the Service road but not the cars coming off the exit, which is over 85% of our problem. If they put a Stop on 5th from Service Road to Highway exit, this will either back up traffic onto to Highway, or create a serious Pile up.
What has happened is that the residents of 5th and 4th avenues will have to "Deal with it" for a minimum of 2 years if not more. Then more studies, more surveys, more "Committees", maybe by that time things will change and God willing no one gets hurt.