Now that’s a sudden stop! On Monday, March 6, new stop signs appeared on Rockaway Beach Blvd. and Beach 117th Street, an often busy intersection due to its proximity to the Beach 116th shopping corridor.
The Rockaway Times reached out to the New York City Department of Transportation about the installation of the stop signs for both east and westbound traffic, making it an all-way stop intersection.
“This all-way stop signage was installed to enhance safety and the study for its installation stemmed from a community request. DOT is committed to improving safety at our intersections, where roughly half of all traffic fatalities occur citywide.” DOT spokesperson, Mona Bruno, said.
The DOT explained that these stop signs were requested by a member of the public to enhance safety at this intersection. New Yorkers can request safety tools for the community through the DOT’s customer service portal. Before installing a multi-way stop sign, the DOT conducts a thorough analysis of a location.
So heads up, and make sure to come to a full stop at Beach 117th when traversing Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Photo by Kristine Supple.