The Department of Transportation delivered on its promise to convert 5th Street into a one way street—with speed bumps—by the time school reopened for the year.
On Thursday, the DOT put down three speed bumps on 5th Street—with one located between 48th and 49th Avenues, another between 49th and 50th Avenues, and the third between 51st and Borden Avenues.
The DOT converted 5th Street (btw. 46th Road and 50th Avenue) into a one-way, south bound street in July.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Community Board 2 chairman Joe Conley had been pushing the DOT hard for the past 18 months to bring about these changes. In fact, the community board approved plans for 5th Street having speed bumps (and being one-way) well over a year ago.
“The street is much safer today—since the speed bumps are already slowing people down,” according to a worker at Silver Star Auto Express at 49-03 5th Street. The worker said that the move to convert the street into a one-way has helped since there is now more room for vehicles–and it is easier for pedestrians and drivers to get through traffic.
Furthermore, he said fewer mirrors are being damaged.
“When it was a two-way street—the street was too narrow. Many people’s mirrors got smashed including mine,” he said.