Redesign traffic light signals at Exit 13S, Valley Stream off Southern State Parkway

Redesign traffic light signals at Exit 13S, Valley Stream off Southern State Parkway

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Nayyer Zubair started this petition to New York State Senate and

Exit 13S off Southern State Parkway leads to this intersection which has been and continues to be the site of numerous car and pedestrian accidents.

Nassau County Police Department can confirm the various accidents which have taken place at and around this intersection. A FOIA request has been submitted to NCPD but we are confident it will confirm that this intersection is very accident prone.

News links below describe some of the major accidents which have occurred here in the past. 
https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/02/18/family-demands-action-as-boy-lies-in-critical-condition-after-l-i-accident/

http://liherald.com/elmont/stories/Danger-at-Exit-13,53202?page=1

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/danalee-daley-28-identified-by-police-as-woman-struck-in-southern-state-hit-run-1.6910306

These major accidents happened 4 years ago and at that time New York State officials promised that they will conduct a survey or a study; it has been 4 years now and we have yet to see any progress or improvements to this intersection.

Motorists and pedestrians who travel through this intersection can attest to how dangerous the traffic conditions are at this intersection. Numerous car and pedestrian accidents continue to take place on a regular basis. 

There is a huge possibility of a major accident, involving loss of life, waiting to happen at this intersection!

There is a mosque (Masjid Hamza), a private Islamic school (Hamza Academy), a public elementary school (Alden Terrace School) and a Church (Valley Stream Baptist Church) within walking distance of this intersection. And is frequented by hundreds of residents of the surrounding areas (Valley Stream, Hewlett, Lynbrook, Elmont, Franklin Square, etc) on a daily basis.

The mosque, Masjid Hamza, serves as a focal point for around 10,000 Muslim families living in Valley Stream, Elmont, and the surrounding areas.
-The weekly prayers on Fridays between 1pm to 2pm attract thousands of area residents.
-The daily prayers especially the sunrise and night time prayer also are attended by by around a hundred congregants who walk or drive to the mosque.
-The weekend school at Masjid Hamza also attract considerable number of area residents too. 

All this means there is increased vehicular and foot traffic around this intersection.

This intersection needs some major redesign. Some of the ideas we have are:

  • Desperately needs a left turn signal and a separate left turn lane when driving north on Central Avenue and making a left turn onto Stuart Avenue. And similarly a left turn signal on the opposite side when driving south.
  • Better night time street lighting for pedestrians.
  • Traffic cameras to deter running of red lights and breaking of traffic laws.
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