Some safety improvements are coming to a winding roadway and two of its busy intersections in Bayside.
Community Board 7 voted on Monday, March 27, in favor of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposal for the Bay Terrace section of the neighborhood. The project, which encompasses Corporal Kennedy Street and 23rd Avenue between 26th Avenue and Bell Boulevard, will result in the installation of high-visibility pedestrian crosswalks, concrete islands and other safety measures along the roadway.
DOT representative Dan Wagner led a presentation regarding the project. He said the Corporal Kennedy Street/23rd Avenue corridor — currently a 25-foot-wide shared travel and parking lane — will be visually narrowed. Painted lines will divide a 12-foot-wide travel lane from the 13-foot-wide parking lane in each direction; Wagner said this aims to encourage drivers to slow down.
“This is a pedestrian-oriented proposal to help make it easier for you to walk in your own neighborhood,” Wagner said.
At the intersection of 26th Avenue and Corporal Kennedy Street, the DOT will install concrete curb extensions on the northeast and southwest corners to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians and upgrade the crosswalk to make it more visible to motorists.
At 211th Street and 23rd Avenue, DOT will install concrete curb extensions on the north side of 23rd Avenue, enhanced crossings and concrete pedestrian refuge islands, which provide two-part crossings and make pedestrians more visible to drivers.
“We know that this has been a location that the community has been concerned about for quite some time,” said Al Silvestre, deputy Queens Borough Commissioner for DOT. “So we think that we have some strong proposals here to really improve pedestrian and vehicular safety.”
Board member Warren Schrieber, who is also president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, said he sent notice about the plans to members of the community. He said he heard back from residents who were in favor of the changes and heard no feedback against it.
Board 7 Transportation Committee Chair Nick Corrado made a motion to approve the proposal, and it was carried overwhelmingly.
The DOT looks to begin the project this summer and estimates the work will take approximately two months to complete.
Councilman Paul Vallone welcomed the news of the upcoming safety project.
“This area, which is home to a large senior population, has been in serious need for pedestrian safety improvements and has been one of our main requests for years,” Vallone said. “The requests have been heard and I’m proud to have worked hand in hand with the DOT to decide on and design the specific changes being made. These improvements will greatly increase the safety of all pedestrians in this area and we will continue to work with the community and the DOT to determine if any further safety enhancements are necessary.”
For the complete project report, visit the DOT website.