DOT to reconsider request for Ridgewood traffic light
by Patrick Kearns
Mar 08, 2017 | 2097 views | 0 0 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is reconsidering a request to install a traffic light at the busy intersection of Flushing and Onderdonk avenues.

DOT held a meeting with business and community leaders at M&V Provisions, a meat distribution center at the intersection.

The initial request came from the Queens Chamber of Commerce after a number of recent accidents where reported by some of its members. It’s since received the support of the Public Advocate's Office, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, and board members of the nearby Vander Ende-Onderdonk House

Flushing Avenue is a major truck route with heavy commercial traffic that connects Ridgewood and Maspeth to East Williamsburg, which have growing residential populations.

Mike Ciuffo, executive vice president at M&V Provisions, said the bulk of the commercial traffic is between the hours of 3 and 7 a.m., when large trucks are entering and exiting Onderdonk Avenue, a dead-end street, from and onto Flushing Avenue.

DOT agreed to conduct a new traffic study of the intersection over the next several months.

"I am so grateful to the Queens Chamber and DOT for looking into this again," Ciuffo said. "The DOT people were so helpful at the Friday meeting.”
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