BROOKLYN - After successfully lobbying city officials for a traffic light at the Columbia Street waterfront, residents there are offering a model of hope to other communities.
Residents say the new light at Columbia and Carroll streets is a huge safety improvement, but they spent years filing complaints with the Department of Transportation and organized a grassroots campaign to get results.
The DOT agreed to install the light in May, and it began operating Thursday.
After residents request a traffic signal, the DOT says the next step is to conduct an engineering study. Data from the study is compared with a federal standard, and then officials can determine whether a signal is feasible and warranted.
As News 12 reported last week. residents of Ocean Hill are also seeking improved traffic safety at the intersection of Rockaway Avenue and Hull Street.