Unlit LIRR Overpass Creates Hazard for Pedestrians, Residents Say

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on July 10, 2013 12:04pm 

 The lights under the Long Island Rail Road overpass at Yellowstone Boulevard, between Austin and Burns streets, have not been functioning for at least a couple of weeks.
The lights under the Long Island Rail Road overpass at Yellowstone Boulevard, between Austin and Burns streets, have not been functioning for at least a couple of weeks.
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QUEENS — Street lights under a Long Island Rail Road overpass in Forest Hills have not been working recently, making the spot dangerous for passersby, especially at night, residents complained.

None of the four lights under the overpass at Yellowstone Boulevard, between Austin and Burns streets, have been functioning for at least a couple of weeks, residents say.

“The current situation is dangerous,” said Heidi Chain, a Forest Hills resident and president of the 112th Precinct Community Council. “You cannot see and the sidewalk is broken. People can get hurt.”

The LIRR is not responsible for street lighting under its overpasses and bridges, said Salvatore Arena, a spokesman for the railroad.

Instead, he said that the city's Department of Transportation is responsible.

A spokesman for the DOT said Tuesday that the agency has not received any complaints about the location, but it “will inspect the lighting conditions there.”
 

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