YESTERDAY, September 6th, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined the NYC Department of Transportation, PS 343 Principal Brooke Barr and PS 343 parents, student and faculty to celebrate the activation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of 42nd Street and 47th Avenue in front of the elementary school in Sunnyside.
Since PS 343 opened in 2014, Council Member Van Bramer has advocated for the installation of a traffic signal to calm traffic at the dangerous intersection and make it safer for children and families to cross the street to and from the school. At yesterday’s event, parents expressed gratitude and relief.
“For over four years, I have advocated with teachers, students and families for the installation of a traffic signal outside of PS 343. There is nothing more important than the safety of our children and it’s about time that these lights were activated to make this school zone safer,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “The new traffic signal will undeniably ease the fears of everyone who crosses that busy intersection to and from PS 343, Noonan Playground and the multiple apartment buildings in its vicinity. I am thankful to the Department of Transportation for finally heeding our pleas.”
“On behalf of the children, families and staff of PS 343Q The Children’s Lab School, I want to express our appreciation for the installation of the new traffic signals located at 42nd Street and 47th Avenue in Sunnyside,” said PS 343 Principal Brooke Barr. “This intersection is closest to our school and connects us to our local park and library. Adding this signal will greatly increase safety for everyone traveling to and from our building. We thank the Department of Transportation for conducting multiple traffic surveys leading up to the installation and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer for his tireless advocacy on this issue and for our community.”
“I could not have asked for a better start to a new school year, knowing that my families will be safe coming and going to school. Thank you to all my families, the students, and Jimmy Van Bramer and his staff for not giving up until we got our street light,” said PS 343 Parent Coordinator Clara Oza.
The Department of Transportation installed the traffic signal last week and activated it on Wednesday, August 29th.