Redesign of Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park gets underway

By Bill Parry

The construction project that will turn Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park into a one-way street is set to get underway next week. The city Department of Transportation will begin implementing its Queens East River North Shore Greenway project that will create several changes, including a buffered two-way bike path on the current northbound traffic lane.

“The goals of the project are to strengthen connections around Astoria Park, improve the park path for pedestrians, calm traffic along Shore Boulevard and establish a safe link between Astoria Park and the waterfront,” a DOT spokesman said. “We are planning the installation of painted curb extensions at the crosswalks from the waterfront to Astoria Park—this additional pedestrian space will increase visibility and shorten crossing distance.”

Community Board 1 approved the plan in February. It includes changes on 20th Avenue between Shore Boulevard and 37th Street that are intended to reduce speeding, according to the DOT.

The project is expected to be completed this summer.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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