After the fatal accident that occurred at the 69th Street exit of the LIE, Assembly Member Brian Barnwell asked NYS DOT to look at what could be done to deter truckers from parking at the bottom of the exit ramp to make it safer for motorists.
I had the opportunity to join Assembly Member Barnwell, representatives from NYS DOT, and NYC DOT Queens Deputy Commissioner Jason Banrey at the location. As if on queue, a huge tractor trailer pulled over into the illegal spot! It didn't take long for NYS DOT to realize the severity of the problem.
Assembly Member Barnwell's office forwarded to us the following:
I wanted to send you an update from the state DOT meeting on 10/2/17 to discuss trucks that park on the left side of the westbound LIE service road (Queens Midtown Expressway) off the 69th Street exit ramp. As a result of the meeting, NYS DOT issued a work order to its maintenance contractor to install hatch line pavement markings and Qwick Kurb devices in the left shoulder area. NYS DOT is also requesting that NYC DOT install No Standing signs at this location, signs at this location.
We want to thank Assembly Member Barnwell, NYS and NYC DOT for working together for a solution that we hope will save lives.
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association