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Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation
Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation
The DOT made safety improvements to a large section of Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst.

A stretch of Astoria Boulevard got a makeover that includes refurbished pedestrian ramps, crosswalks and other pedestrian safety enhancements.

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Queens Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Nicole Garcia unveiled the new improvements in East Elmhurst on April 17. The improvements span 108th Street through Ditmars Boulevard and include more than 10,125 square feet of concrete work.

The corridor is a Vision Zero priority and ranks among the top third roadways in Queens for serious crashes after a pedestrian fatality occurred at Astoria Boulevard and 103rd Street. A new signalized intersection was added at the intersection along with a new signal at 100th Street.

DOT also planted eight new trees, created a left turn bay at 108th Street, wider medians to shorten crossing and improve ADA access, 78 new or upgraded pedestrian ramps from 99th Street to Ditmars Boulevard and five new crosswalks.

Parking meters along the south side of Astoria Boulevard were also removed, which will create afternoon parking for approximately 120 cars in front of businesses.

“Astoria Boulevard is a vital strip for residents of East Elmhurst,” Ferreras-Copeland said. “It’s where we worship and shop. It’s where our parents and grandparents come to spend their mornings at Elmcor Senior Center, and soon it will be the site of a middle school. I thank Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia and her team for prioritizing the safety of our residents and making changes that not only make it easier to traverse this street, but also respond directly to the feedback of the community.”

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