A New York City lawmaker wants the MTA to install flashing yellow signals at all railroad underpasses in Midwood to prevent incidents of large vehicles becoming stuck.
Councilman David Greenfield wrote in a letter to the transit authority that there have been “numerous incidents of drivers, especially in tractor trailers, not noticing or disregarding the signs and becoming stuck” on the underpasses, which run between E. 15th Street and E. 16th Street.
Currently, there are only small white and black signs indicating the maximum height of vehicles that can safely pass.
These accidents often occur along busy commercial corridors such as Avenues J and P as truck drivers unfamiliar with the area travel through while making deliveries to local businesses. Greenfield is asking for flashing yellow lights at each bridge from Avenue J toward Sheepshead Bay.
“This is a simple and inexpensive step that the MTA can take to improve safety and help prevent traffic jams throughout our community,” he said.