City officials hope signage and traffic improvements to the area surrounding a park in Whitestone will help keep pedestrians safer.
The city Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Friday that new safety measures around Francis Lewis Park were implemented by personnel as part of a pedestrian safety project requested by Councilman Paul Vallone.
Between the Whitestone Expressway service road and 147th Street, the DOT created a “visual narrowing” of the road along Third Avenue — adding lane stripes to indicate space for parking on both north and south sides of the street — in an effort to deter speeding. The DOT also constructed enhanced pedestrian crossings, adding signage and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian ramps.
Personnel also installed a concrete curb extension at Third Avenue and 147th Street, adjusting the curb line and implementing an ADA pedestrian ramp.
“The safety of our children, families and neighbors is always a priority,” Vallone said. “The enhancements installed by the DOT for Francis Lewis Park will go a long way towards improving the safety of everyone entering the park as well as reducing the speed of drivers coming down Third Avenue. Continuing to work with our civic organizations, community boards and the NYC DOT will be critical as we address traffic and pedestrian safety at popular locations throughout northeast Queens.”
“We are delighted to implement these pedestrian safety improvements along Francis Lewis Park in Whitestone as part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative citywide,” DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia said. “Park users and pedestrians of all ages will benefit tremendously from the recently installed enhanced crossings and pedestrian ramps. We look forward to continuing the dialogue and collaboration with Council member Paul Vallone and Queens residents about ways to improve street safety in the borough.”
DOT coordinated with the Department of Parks and Recreation to implement the plans.