(Ed. Note: The following letter was sent to Geoffrey N. Gordon, Ph.D, Superintendent of Schools, and is printed here at the author's request.)
I am writing you about a traffic condition that endangers students as well as adults, and has the potential for a disaster waiting to happen!
I am referring to the left turn into the Monfort parking lot from the southbound lane of Middle Neck Road. Most often it is virtually impossible to see oncoming northbound traffic, particularly when a northbound vehicle is waiting to turn left onto Main Street from Port Washington Blvd. This situation is exacerbated by some of the "behemoth" vehicles such as trucks, 18 wheelers, etc. ... waiting to make this left turn and obstructing even more the view of any oncoming traffic in the other northbound lanes.
The crossing guard ladies at that intersection are doing an absolutely incredible job in juggling traffic flow, protecting pedestrian crossing, etc. ... Very often their flailing arms, all in the service of protecting all of us, are like a windmill!
This being a state road I have written to Senator Michael Balboni, Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli, urging them to have the state install a left turn signal. Something that is unswervingly supported by the aforementioned crossing guards. I have received polite acknowledgements from both, but no action! In one of their communications, I was advised that the PWPD felt that such a left turn signal wasn't necessary, something I fail to comprehend nor accept, with all due respect to our fine Police Department.
With the above being called to your attention, I am sending you a warning signal of an unquestionable vehicular and pedestrian safety hazard to which our young people and other members of the PW community are exposed every time they make this left turn, be it to enter the Monfort parking lot, or to proceed into the parking lot behind the stores on PW Boulevard.
With the advent of school opening, I hope that you will take the necessary and prompt steps to have the state install the aforementioned left turn signal. Our safety is at stake!