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NY1 For You: St. Albans Residents Terrified of Accident-Plagued Intersection

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A dangerous intersection in one Queens neighborhood has residents begging the city for help. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

Those living near the corner of 203rd Street and 119th Avenue in the St. Albans section of Queens say they're terrified of the accident-plagued intersection.

"We're just living in imminent danger. Imminent danger," says resident Ronald Allan Somerville. "Look, you see how fast they just went through?"

"Thankfully, no one has died. But it's only a matter of time," says resident Greer Hansen-Velazquez.

Residents say drivers take advantage of the straight shot on 119th Avenue from Francis Lewis Boulevard to 200th Street, racing through, while those cars coming up the hill on 203rd Street can't see the stop sign until the last minute, with many just rolling through it, causing a number of serious accidents.

"Four of those accidents ended up with cars on the corners. Two of these cars have ended up on my mother's lawn. If my mother were in the front yard with my son or my nephews, then what would have happened?" Hansen-Velazquez says.

"When I hear a screech, I kind of look because you never, never know," says resident Juliette Alkins Hansen.

"People are not respecting the speed limit, and they're in a rush," says resident Steven H. Williamson.

"It's supposed to be 20 miles an hour or something like that in this area. No way," Hansen-Velazquez says. "People come in here going 50, 60 miles an hour like it's nothing."

Residents say they've repeatedly asked for speed bumps or four-way stop signs, but the city has yet to respond to their request.

NY1 For You contacted the Department of Transportation, and after looking into the situation, a spokeswoman said from 2008 to 2012, there were five injuries of motor vehicle occupants at this location but no fatalities. She went on to say the DOT is currently conducting a study for an all-way stop or traffic signal at this location, which is expected to be completed in November.

The spokeswoman said DOT is also re-examining the feasibility of speed bumps at this location and expects that review to be completed early next year.

It's hope on the horizon that some action will be taken.

NY1 For You will keep you updated.

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