Main Street in downtown Flushing is being resurfaced and redesigned for the first time in 20 years, and drivers should expect some traffic changes while the work is being done, city agencies announced.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced the project, which includes plans to resurface the street and widen the sidewalks on Main Street between 38th and 41st avenues, last July.
To facilitate the sidewalk-widening component of the project, southbound limited access to Main Street is in effect 24 hours a day, as of March 7, and will remain in place until further notice. Southbound access to Main Street between 37th Avenue and 40th Road will be limited to emergency vehicles, buses and local deliveries; all other southbound vehicles are expected to use alternatives routes, and follow the regulations specified on the on-street signage.
“We appreciate the support and patience of the local community as this vital street reconstruction is underway,” said Nicole Garcia, NYC DOT Queens Borough Commissioner. “As a vibrant commercial corridor and key transit hub, the vast majority of people traveling along Main Street in this area are either walking or are taking transit. This limited-access street helps ensure that the Downtown Flushing core functions as well as possible for the most number of people during construction.”
The $7.8 million project will also replace manholes, fire hydrants, sewers, catch basins and water mains in the area.
“This week kicks off the beginning of the most difficult phase of the Main Street reconstruction and sidewalk widening when southbound traffic will be restricted between 37th Avenue and 40th Road,” Councilman Peter Koo said. “While construction is ongoing, I encourage the community use public transportation when possible and budget ample time for your commute.”
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce welcomed news of the long-delayed infrastructure improvements.
“We are extremely pleased that our sidewalks will finally be widened,” said Simon Gerson, president of the nonprofit. “We are the city’s second busiest pedestrian intersection; only Times Square sees more people travel by foot each day. It is foot traffic that drives our economy here, not cars, and we are extremely grateful to the Department of Transportation for following through on their promises to invest in our community’s transportation infrastructure.”
Officers from the 109th Precinct were out in the area on the day the new traffic rules went into effect to inform drivers.
Officer Huang is helping motorists get used to the new traffic pattern on Main Street pic.twitter.com/vn643KCh36
— NYPD 109th Precinct (@NYPD109Pct) March 7, 2017