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NY1 For You: Queens Residents Seek Increased Signage, Traffic Light For Dangerous Intersection

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A dangerous intersection in Queens has some residents fearing for the safety of pedestrians. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

For those living near the three-way intersection at 77th Avenue and 81st Street in Queens, the roads are a serious problem.

"There are no yield signs, there are no traffic lights, the visibility is so bad," says resident Steven Dascoli.

Add racing cars and a sidewalk covered by overgrowth, and residents say it's a recipe for disaster.

"There's a lot of elderly people here. They want to go to Myrtle Avenue to go shopping. Children go to school, they got to go on the street just to avoid the overgrowth," Dascoli says.

"It's very dangerous," says another resident.

"I want to see them fix the sidewalk, so when parents walk their children, they don't have to worry about them going into the street and getting hit by the oncoming traffic," says a third.

Beyond the overgrowth, residents say the blind turn needs to be addressed.

"At least maybe a three way stop sign or a yield sign, but the best thing to do is put a traffic light here," Dascoli says.

After residents called in, NY1 contacted the Department of Sanitation.

A spokeswoman said that when surplus personnel in the area is available, the department will make every effort to clean the area.

NY1 then contacted the Department of Transportation, and a spokesman said the agency inspected the location, and while all proper signage is in place, including advance warning signs on the approaches, the agency is reviewing additional measures to maintain the area.

Residents hope the city will take action before it's too late.

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