A left turn signal intended to ease traffic and improve safety for Stewart Avenue westbound traffic turning into the parking lot is now up and running.
Nassau County Department of Public Works crews began work earlier this month. The installation was completed on schedule.
According to Garden City Department of Public Works director Robert Mangan, the village requested the turn signal and the county agreed to install the same and expand the project to also include a left turn signal for eastbound traffic on Stewart Avenue turning onto Rockaway Avenue heading north.
Garden City Middle School PTA director Dina Muldoon said the safety of all those entering the parking lot was a parent teacher association concern for many years.
Garden City Middle School principal Dr. Peter Osroff agreed. "We all have been working very hard over many years to get this turn signal installed," he said.
Superintendent of schools Dr. Robert Feirsen said school district officials beleive the new turn signal will provide an added level of safety for the entire school community. "We appreciate the assistance provided by the village and local elected officials in securing the signal,” he said.
Thirteen accidents occurred at the Stewart Avenue/Rockaway Avenue intersection in 2011, according to Garden City Police Inspector Kenneth Jackson.