Legislation sponsored by fomer Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo and signed by the mayor has cleared up many years of confusion over Shore Parkway. The law was based on a request from 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Joseph Courtesis and endorsed by Community Board 10.
Courtesis noted that when he reviewed traffic accident reports for Shore Parkway it was difficult for him to determine exactly where an accident had occurred. The captain said there is about a quarter of a mile between the two Shore Parkway locations.
“These street name changes come as a result of residents contacting me in an effort to improve the response time for emergency situations in Howard Beach. I’m thankful for their input and that I was able to assist,” Addabbo said.
Pat McCabe, a representative of Addabbo, said that prior to the name change, on numerous occasions when she reported road conditions to the Department of Transportation (DOT) she would have to physically show the road crew where the locations were because it was difficult for them to locate the site on Shore Parkway. She explained that there were two Shore Parkway and 88th Street intersections.
Seeking to get the name changed, Betty Braton, chair of Community Board 10, wrote to the councilman advising him that the board had approved a name change for Shore Parkway to add a directional suffix to it. Her letter to Addabbo stated, “The current situation, as it is, can affect emergency response to the correct location at the Crossbay intersections and to other Shore Parkway locations as well, if a non-address specific location on Shore Parkway is given to 911 operators.
“It seems that there is a traffic safety issue resulting from the inability of the police department to derive accurate information in order to analyze traffic accident information in instances where just the intersection is provided as Crossbay Boulevard and Shore Parkway,” Braton’s letter continued.
Council Intro No. 608-2007 changed the previously named Shore Parkway to Shore Parkway North in Lindenwood from Crossbay Boulevard to 80th Street and to Shore Parkway South in Rockwood Park from Crossbay Boulevard to 90th Street.
Addabbo also sponsored legislation that changed six street names in Hamilton Beach based on input from the community. The Councilman explained, “Prior to these street name changes, emergency vehicles would sometimes confuse Hamilton Beach with the old side of Howard Beach and critical minutes would be lost in their response to an urgent situation. The name changes hopefully will make the area safer for the residents.”
The legislation renamed the following streets:
• 163rd Road between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin to Burlingham Court.
• 163rd Drive between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin to James Court.
• 164th Avenue between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin to McKee Avenue.
• 164th Road between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin to Calhoun Road.
• 164th Drive between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin to Moncriff Drive.
• 165th Avenue between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin to Lockwood Court.