NEW YORK STATE SENATE OFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS For Immediate Release May 7, 2012 Contact: Anna

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SENATOR GIANARIS PUSHES FOR GREATER SAFETY ON ED KOCH-QUEENSBORO BRIDGE RAMPS Sends second letter to New York City Department of Transportation Queens, NY – Continuing his advocacy for safer roadways, Senator Michael Gianaris is pressuring the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to strengthen safety measures around all Ed KochQueensborough Bridge off-ramps following yet another frightening accident occurring there last week. He sent a letter to DOT requesting an immediate comprehensive review of all bridge off-ramps, enhanced remediations to the accident-prone area and that the bridge‟s 30 mile-per-hour speed limit be more strictly enforced. The latest accident occurred on Tuesday, May 1st at the bridge‟s off-ramp located at Queens Plaza South near Crescent Street in Long Island City. It is the fourth in a series of accidents in the last year occurring at this exact location; two occurred within nine days of each other between March and April of last year and one occurred in May 2011. “The fact that such a concentrated number of accidents occurred at the exact same place and manner in a short period of time makes apparent that more must be done to enhance security at this ramp,” Senator Gianaris said. “Attempts to alleviate the danger surrounding what is now known as a „death trap' are clearly insufficient. Pedestrians, drivers and local businesses in the area should not be perpetually threatened by projectile vehicles coming off the bridge.” Following last year‟s accidents, Senator Gianaris, along with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, sent a letter to DOT requesting safety improvements and traffic pattern redesigns along this dangerous portion of Queens Plaza. In response to the officials‟ requests, DOT increased traffic signs and erected barricades in the area, but it is clear that more must be done to ensure everyone‟s safety. ### http://www.scribd.com/SenatorMikeGianaris www.gianaris.nysenate.gov

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