Residents call for traffic signal at East Flatbush intersection after numerous accidents

Residents in East Flatbush are calling for a traffic signal at an intersection they say is dangerous.

News 12 Staff

Feb 23, 2022, 10:27 PM

Updated 878 days ago

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Residents in East Flatbush are calling for a traffic signal at an intersection they say is dangerous. 
The president of the 48th and 49th Street Block Association, Gail Dixon,  says she has been requesting the city’s help in having a traffic signal put in on the corner. Dixon says the signal would help save the lives of Brooklyn residents. 
"It’s getting worse and worse every living day,” a resident tells News 12. Residents say pedestrians have been struck and killed, and that cars have even crashed into homes and properties.
These are issues they say would have been avoided if the corner had a stoplight. 
"We’re fighting for and have been fighting for a traffic signal so everyone will be protected at the corner of East 49th Street and Lenox so that we are able to feel safe,” said Dixon. 
Residents say that the corner is only one of two corners in a 2-mile radius without a stoplight. 
"People get hit here. I got hit here twice. And besides the fact that, we are pedestrians, we have seniors, we have children,” said Dixon. 
The 48th and 49th Street Block Association says the city did implement a number of stop signs at the corner over the last decade, but they say it is not enough. 
They’re calling on the city for help to keep their neighbors alive. 
A spokesperson from the Department of Transportation says they “look forward to discussing this intersection and possible safety solutions with the Block Association.”


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