Elected officials and residents have been pushing for a traffic signal at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Rose Avenue in Kissena Park since 2015, when Min-Tsu Lin was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
After an initial study, the Department of Transportation (DOT) determined a signal was unnecessary, and instead recommended installing speed bumps and crosswalks without signals.
In September, Councilman Peter Koo met with DOT representatives to discuss how the intersection would be better served by a signal on Rose Avenue, a nearly half-mile stretch of road with two park entry points and no existing traffic controls.
Following the on-site visit, DOT conducted another study, and this week confirmed that a traffic signal will be installed.
“This intersection is dangerous for a number of reasons,” said Koo. “Cars speed next to the park, there is no crosswalk, and vehicles often park too close to the intersection creating blind corners. Attempting to cross the street forces you to inch out into the middle of the intersection to see around the corner.”
DOT said the new light will be installed by the end of February.