Written by Stan Ercolano Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
I am writing in response to Rose Ryan’s letter, which appeared in last week’s Westbury Times, regarding stop signs that she and a group of residents on Bryant Street in Westbury are petitioning the Town of North Hempstead to install on their corner of Tennyson Avenue and Bryant Street.
First, as a long-term resident of Poets’ Corner in Westbury, as well as a resident just off Tennyson Avenue, I am all too familiar with the drivers that speed down Tennyson Avenue in the mornings and evenings traveling to and from the train station, as well as the cars during the day and on weekends rushing to and from the nearby shopping plaza often disregarding existing stop signs, other vehicles and pedestrians alike. I have seen my share of accidents on my own corner of Tennyson and Whittier, and have even been involved in one, albeit several years back.
As the president of the Poets’ Corner Neighborhood Association (PCNA), I must applaud Ms. Ryan and the group from Bryant Street for their tenacious efforts to make this a reality. While I have heard differing opinions on the need for stop signs on other corners along Tennyson Avenue, Bryant Street appears to have a legitimate problem that requires immediate relief.
Not only are there trees on the westbound corner encroaching Tennyson from Bryant that obstruct drivers’ view of oncoming traffic, but the significant number of children who wait for school buses on the corner each morning (and are dropped off each afternoon) are at risk as well. Additionally, this area of Poets’ Corner is without sidewalks, thus posing a risk to pedestrians, many of whom are elderly. It is only a matter of time before we experience a preventable accident or injury on this corner.
It is essential that there be better control of the traffic at this hazardous intersection and the installation of stop signs to control the east/west traffic on Tennyson Avenue and Bryant Street is a good first step. Enforcement is a necessary second step as it is common place in Poets’ Corner, and likely elsewhere, for stop signs (and even stopped school buses) to be disregarded by motorists, many of whom are not even from Poets’ Corner but merely use Poets’ Corner as a “shortcut” to get wherever they are going more quickly.
I urge North Hempstead Town Councilman Robert Troiano, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town of North Hempstead to take prompt action in addressing the Bryant Street petition, and I also ask the 3rd Precinct to increase those patrols where officers are assigned to monitor problem intersections as they have on occasion in the past.
I offer the support of the PCNA should the Bryan Street residents require the civic association’s assistance in bringing this condition to a more prompt resolution.
Poet’s Corner Neighborhood Association