May 23, 2019 By Christian Murray
An all-way stop sign has gone up on the corner of 57th Street and Woodside Avenue following pleas from civic leaders and elected officials.
The intersection, located near St. Sebastian’s Catholic Academy and P.S. 11, has been the scene of several crashes in recent years.
On Feb. 15, 2018, an 83-year-old woman was fatally struck by an SUV while crossing the intersection. Then on Sept. 1, 2018, an SUV backed into an 82-year-old at the same intersection, leaving her with injuries to her face and hand.
There have been 13 total injuries—including the fatality—at the intersection, reported the Queens Ledger earlier this month, citing DOT data.
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and State Assembly Member Brian Barnwell had been calling on the DOT to install an all-way stop sign, in response to these injuries and community outcry.
Community Board 2 member Dorothy Morehead, whose granddaughter goes to St. Sebastian’s, submitted a petition that garnered 400 signatures to the board last month calling on the DOT to put up a stop sign.
“It’s a very dangerous intersection. There were no stop signs and so many kids going to school,” Morehead said, who was glad the DOT had finally taken care of it.
The intersection is also in close proximity to Doughboy Park.
Van Bramer said that he too was pleased the DOT had finally installed the stop sign.
“After years of advocacy with the community and elected officials, I am relieved that DOT has installed an all-way stop sign at the busy intersection,” he said. “Hundreds of children and families from St Sebastian’s, P.S. 11 and P.S. 361 cross there every day.”
Van Bramer lamented the loss of the 83-year-old woman. “It should never take a tragedy for there to be action.”