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Prune tree for safety of drivers

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I am writing to request that something be done as soon as possible with regard to the newly installed traffic light on the left side of Parsons Boulevard and the eastbound Long Island Expressway service road.

The problem is the light is completely obscured by several large branches of the sycamore tree, which is at that corner on that side of Parsons, which would be the left side if you were driving down Parsons to the service road.

Why didn’t the city Department of Transportaion see to it that those limbs were pruned away prior to installing the traffic light pole and signal? There must be better coordination between city agencies. If it is the responsibility of the city Parks Department to prune these limbs, then it needs to do so and fast.

Can someone or some agency please look into this problem?

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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Natasha G. from Flushing says:
In response to the letter from reader John A. regarding pruning the trees for the new signal at Parsons Blvd and the Eastbound Horace Harding Expwy. The problem is bigger than that- it's not the trees that are the problem-- it's the SIGNAL itself that is the problem. The amount of traffic that the new signal has generated is outrageous. I have lived at 157 th street for over seven years, since the signal was installed traffic is now often backed up from Kissena Blvd- OVER 4 blocks away. Furthermore, the lights are not synchronized making the problem even worse.

What a poor decision to install this second signal!!! A block away from the original signal at 159th street.

I implore all Flushing residents to contact their local community board and the Department of Transportation to get this signal removed.
Oct. 22, 2012, 4:31 pm

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