Feb. 25, 2016 By Christian Murray
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is calling on the Department of Transportation to erect a stop sign at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue.
The councilman wants the sign to go up on the south east corner as a means to slow motorists down who typically use 46th Avenue to get from Vernon Blvd. to Center Blvd.
Van Bramer will be holding a rally at the 5th Street/46th Avenue corner on Friday at 2:45 pm.
P.S./I.S. 78 is located by the intersection and parent have been asking for a stop sign on the corner for some time.
“People have been fighting for this for so long,” said Jen Theien, president of the Gantry Parents Association, a newly formed school advocacy group.
“People go down 46th Avenue at 40 mph,” Theien said, adding that it is particularly dangerous given the corner’s proximity to the NY Kids Club and the school.
Van Bramer, who has been calling for a stop sign at this location since 2012, will be bringing his own home-made sign– dubbed the People’s Stop Sign–to the rally. He has done this in the past to highlight the need for similar traffic-safety measures.
Van Bramer’s office did not have any data as to how many accidents there have been at the location.
The DOT said that it has studied the area several times and that the intersection does not meet the criteria for a stop sign.